Batgirl from 1966 series sits on library desk

Diagnostic Girlhood Crushes

Karin Kallmaker Favorite Things 0 Comments

They’re smart. They’re competent. They talk back.

They wield magic both figurative and literal. They dance and sing, and know how to defend themselves.

  • Secret Agent Emma Peel made her own decisions and rescued herself, more often than not – I even named a character after her.
  • The down-to-earth, supports herself, and always right Della Street who never tolerated disrespect.
  • Superhero Batgirl (the purple motorcycle and spandex version) who was a librarian and made her own crime fighting agenda.
  • The ultimate subverter of mansplaining Mary Poppins.

They’re classy, stylish, and I truly, deeply, wanted to be their besty bestest friend. I fell hard for them all at an impressionable age, and they all spoiled me for life.

They’re the reason why I always knew that women were the heroes of their own lives.

Thoughtful and Congenial are welcome visitors. Disrespect and Spite will be shown the door.

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