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Lets start with your first point: that it is a valid for female-focused heroic narratives.
My point is that a conflict between the male and female aspects of someone's personality is a perfectly wonderful character flaw for a Main Character to try and overcome over the course of a story. However it is only applicable to those very few characters who have that as their flaw. There are tons of female heroes who do not need to reconcile these aspects of themselves. You might point out that there are plenty of heroes who do not follow the heroes journey. But the whole point of the heroes journey is how amazingly broadly applicable it is. This is amazingly narrowly applicable, big difference. Furthermore as I said in my original post what is presented does not describe female focused narratives because it confuses character arcs with plot arcs. Right now it is a mess that basically no one follows - even for female characters dealing with an internal conflcit between their masculine and feminine traits.
Your second point: there's no way the male and female journey could be the same thing. Plenty of female heroes have followed the heroes journey TO THE LETTER. Ren from Star Wars follows it to a T (annoyingly deliberately so for those of us interested in story structures).
You also need to think about the genres where The Heroes Journey is most often used. Science fiction, fantasy, alternative history, etc. There is no reason to automatically import the gendered intstitutional issues our world today has into those settings. And for that matter there is nothing inherent in the heroes journey that relies on any of that stuff. There is no requirement for family relationship dynamics, male run institutions (or institutions of any kind), etc. etc. etc.
Your third point: the nature of heroism. Now the nature of heroism IS an interesting question and perhaps a gendered one. I'm a big fan of a book Shogun. It is set in feudal japan where the female characters are traded like cows. But at the same time, those female characters operate with heroics and great autonomy and cunning within their socially prescribed boundaries. Male author. However what I would suggest to you is that authors have always been interested in exploring the question of heroism and you can pick up plenty of books where that is explored from a perspective that is relevant to either gender.
The traditional heroes journey doesn't require any particular kind of heroic. It is applicable to a hero finding a way to make peace between warring tribes, just as much to slaying a dragon.


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