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31 July 2011 @ 08:55 pm
Heroes of Norway  
ETA: Okay, enough people have complained about the neologism. Subject line edited.


A Norwegian couple, Hege Dalen and her partner, Toril Hansen, saved about 40 people from last week's shooting. The women were having dinner when they heard shots. They immediately got in their boat and made way toward the gunshots to pull people out of the water, not once but four times.

Original report, in Finnish

Google translation

article that was originally linked by bkwrrm_tx
 
 
 
Ayesha: Catch a Star (PaperVolcano)browngirl on August 1st, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Oh heroines indeed!
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on August 1st, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Good for them! I'm crazy enough to run toward the sound of gunfire, but I was trained to do it. They have my sincere admiration.
Maggiesillymagpie on August 1st, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
They were a married lesbian couple. I read this in another article--really fantastic people!
drewkittydrewkitty on August 1st, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
Hear, hear! Truly heroes.

A grisly tidbit picked up from the German site mentioned in comments: not only did the terrorist thoughtfully dress himself in what appeared to be police tactical uniform, but some of the survivors panicked when they reached dockside and saw police wearing similar garb.
The Renaissance Manunixronin on August 1st, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
Good on them! But ...


Don't you mean "Heroines of Norway" there? Hera isn't a noun, it's a proper name. (Of a Greek goddess, at that, and rather incongruous to describe Finns rescuing Norwegians.)
Adrian Turtle: Dracomiradrian_turtle on August 1st, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
What heroic women! Thanks for sharing that amazing story. I don't like the idea of referring to an admirable woman as a "Hera," either. I don't mind the ethnic incongruity of praising Finnish women in terms of Greek mythology. I'm uncomfortable with labeling the unselfish protection of other people's children by the name of a goddess of marital jealousy.

It's interesting that the Finnish journalist seemed to find it so unremarkable that Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen are lesbians, or even that they are women. I realize that Google Translate flattens out a lot of nuance, but it looks like the original article gave those details no emphasis at all, either positive or negative. (I've seen plenty of media stories make the case that physical courage is a universal human virtue, not a masculine virtue...I don't see many write as if it truly goes without saying.)

When I recognized the public comments were turning towards outrage and indignation, I sort of expected to see some resentment that women had to jump in and be heroic--where were the proper male heroes? An American newspaper can write about women in non-sexist terms, and sexist resentment turns up in comments, so the difference was kind of conspicuous. I saw lots of praise and gratitude for the women's actions, alongside indignation that foreign civilians had to jump in and be heroic--where were the proper Norwegian rescue professionals?
The Renaissance Manunixronin on August 1st, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
I saw lots of praise and gratitude for the women's actions, alongside indignation that foreign civilians had to jump in and be heroic--where were the proper Norwegian rescue professionals?
Simple. The mass murderer, just like almost all other mass murderers, intentionally chose not to confront them. He left a truck bomb on a timer to begin his attack by proxy long after he'd left the vicinity, then launched his armed attack in a place where they weren't. He had no intention whatsoever of risking dying himself.
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