Damsel in Distress (Chad’s Origin Story)

And the infrequency of the “Knight in Distress”

The “damsel in distress” narrative is the most common narrative motivator for male protagonists. A woman saving her “knight in distress” does not occur as often because it doesn’t fit within our notions of what women do & what men do to/for women (Curtis, 2015).

Perseus’ reward for saving Andromeda from the Kraken (the original Bowser) was that she married him (Lang, 1926). It’s possibly the oldest damsel in distress story in human civilization & where the ‘slay her dragon’ part of male socialization emerged in narrative form (Curtis, 2015).

Mario (Peach) & Link (Zelda)

2023 AD

Now you know why Chad thinks like that 💁🏻‍♀️



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Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

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