Have you heard those terms used before?
I'm sure you have. You've probably heard them used in reference to strong women. The fact that these terms are even used to describe a woman with strength, that does not need a man to take care of her signifies that we have a real problem in society.
Some readers who have read my third novel, Dirty Little Secrets, have called my heroine, Ava, such names. At first I was angry and thought, "What's wrong with them?" Eventually I got over it and just didn't care.
Ava Hill is the widow of a mob boss. Prior to that she was his goomah for many years before he decided to marry her. In that type of situation it's pretty clear to me why Ava would be guarded and have issues trusting anyone. Do I think that makes her a bitch or a ball breaker? No. Ava is a strong woman who knows what she wants and will take crap from no one. It is one of the things I loved most about her chracter.
I grew up with a love of Disney Princesses (I still love them honestly) and in most all of the movies, the princess had to be saved. Though those movies and characters will forever hold a special place in my heart, let's be real, we girls and women can save ourselves. We don't need a man to do that for us. So instead of tearing down women that take no crap from anyone and women that can manage fine with or without a man let's celebrate them.
I AM WOMAN. HEAR ME ROAR!
In honor of strong women everywhere, I'd like to share with you some of my favorites from books, TV and movies.
REGINA MILLS/THE EVIL QUEEN- ONCE UPON A TIME
DAMALI RICHARDS-RIVERA- THE VAMPIRE HUNTRESS LEGENDS BY L.A. BANKS
AVA JEROME-GENERAL HOSPITAL
ANNALISE KEATING-HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
CATRINA "CAT" DANZI-MARCELLO- DANTE: THE FILTHY MARCELLOS BY BETHANY-KRIS
GABRIELLA ALEXIS SANDOVAL-REVOLVING DOORS BY PERRI FORREST
LUCKY SANTANGELO-GOLDEN- THE SANTANGELO NOVELS BY JACKIE COLLINS
CLAUDIA ZACCHARA-GENERAL HOSPITAL
These are just a few of my favs. Drop me a line to share some of yours.