Providing Genre-Fantasy women with adequate roles as protagonists, mages or rulers has not been – given the medieval fixity of Fantasyland as a venue – a task very plausibly accomplished. But it is a task that needs constant doing. Therefore, it is welcome to see female warriors; Amazons who do not commit suicide when their men die; young girls triumphantly going into menarche and coming out the other side with Talents and lovers and power; older women who like Sex (as older men have always been allowed to); and so forth. But even serious fantasy novels may be overburdened by the weight of traditional Story, and may at times struggle too visibly to make Revisionist-Fantasy hay out of intractable material. Again, it is a task that needs constant doing. [JC]
see also: Gender.