We love this post from Scott Beauchamp via The Huffington Post on female writers that were tough as nails. Scott equates ‘literary toughness’ with the life and works of Hemingway, but finds the women in the following even tougher than Papa.
It’s an interesting paradox that women, for so long kept away from the cultural machinations of normative toughness (the army, sports, adventure), were pretty much forced through their exclusion into having to be tough in their own way. Again, forced to be, because when you’re marginalized as an outsider, even just being yourself becomes an act of courage on par with squaring off against a charging bull.
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