In the White Tigers chapter of Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, the doomed baron states to the female avenger, “Oh, come now. Everyone takes the girls when he can. The families are glad to be rid of them. ‘Girls are maggots in the rice.’ ‘It is more profitable to raise geese than daughters.’”maggots

Although Kingston writes much of the chapter as a dream narrative, the baron’s words reveal a reality common in China’s recent past. For insight into the current reality of gender bias in China’s populous southern neighbor India, read the BBC news report “India’s Unwanted Girls”.

How might a real-life avenger effect changes in societal attitudes that would manifest themselves in life-affirming behaviors?