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Imbalance of Gender images after Sept. 11

Posted By: Gigi Breed on September 9, 2002
Thank you for writing the article, "Gender of Terror and Heroes?" I can not stop thinking about how the photos and other images of Sept. 11 ( and for the past 12 months) have depicted the the male gender as being the heroes. Please do not get me wrong, I admire and respect everyone who put their own lives on the line for others; the firemen, police, rescue crews, pilots, and even passengers who did what they could at such a horrific time in our history.

I am disappointed as an educator at the number to photos and stories that give the men courage to do what they did. There were many female firefighters, police officers and other positions that employ women. The percentage on female in those jobs is still minimum, however women were there working equally as hard as the men. Many of the photos or the stories of women gives the reader the image of how fragile and emotional women are. Women are often pictured crying and hugging someone. In many ways, that is a image is of a hero as well. What is the definition of a hero and who decided it? If people are not cared for and emotions allowed to flow freely, than the trauma of September 11 will never allow the victims to regain their own strength and their will to live. Is that not a hero as well?

It is as I tell my students, we are all different and we have various strengths that makes us a community. It takes the strength and the courage to raise above your abilities that make you a shero and a hero!
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