What Would Hermione Do?

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Hermione Granger should be every girl's role model

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Hermione Granger should be every girl's role model. She's intelligent, hard working, kind, considerate of those less fortunate than herself, brave, level headed. *And* she's introverted. Who wouldn't want to be like Hermione? (Or Emma Watson, an advocate for girls and womens rights)

Unfortunately, most of the people (real or fictional) that we uphold as role models are usually extroverted.

Those considered to be the greatest "influencers" in today's world are mostly youtubers and reality tv stars. They are each individual and shouldn't all be stereotyped (Katie Price is doing excellent work trying to lobby the UK government to make online abuse of disability a recognised hate crime) but if the competetors of Love Island are seen as inspiration by teenagers and young adults, then I despair for their future.

Love Island, for those who don't know, is a tv show where people date each other to compete for the audience's vote, the favourite couple going home with a wad load of cash. They take part in sexist contests like who can be the best fireman rescuing the damsel, and cheating on their partners is encouraged for the sake of entertainment. This, to me at least, is not what I would want young people to find inspirational. As adults, we can enjoy these types of reality shows for the fantasy they are but children are more susceptible to the gloss and glimmer.

Love Island was the most watched tv show in Britain last year, with the majority of the audience made up of 13-28 year olds. Making a living by being vacuous and vain isn't exactly what I would want my teenage cousins to look up to. Those reality stars who have gone on to work in politics, or petition for the vulnerable, are worthy champions, no doubt. But where is the variety? Obviously not all extroverts behave like reality tv stars, and not all those stars are vain or shallow, but where is the quiet army?

Maybe introverts find it hard to be heard. We've surely all been in that situation where you want to take part in a discussion, and are thinking about what to say (engaging brain before mouth, a skill sorely lacking in our society) but just as you're about to speak, someone beats you to it, or talks right over you.

Or maybe it's because introverts are quietly getting on with making a difference in the world but aren't letting everyone else know what we are doing

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Or maybe it's because introverts are quietly getting on with making a difference in the world but aren't letting everyone else know what we are doing.
Or perhaps it's because extroverted traits are believed to be qualities worth having, whereas introverted traits are negative.
This isn't true, of course. I know that, I'm sure you know that. But the people don't seem to know that.
So let's set them straight, shall we?

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