There was the following sentence in today’s (June 4) New York Times written by its Op-Ed columnist, Nickolas Kristof under the headline, “There’s a Kind of Hush.”
“Aung San Suu Kyi should be one of the heroes of modern times. Instead, as her country imposes on the Rohingya Muslim minority an apartheid that would have made white supremacists in South Africa blush, she bites her tongue.
I understand “ hero” here is used as a generic of brave or great persons to cover both male and female 'heroes' ?
However, OALED defines ‘hero’ specifically as male, as;
- A person, especially a man, who is admired by many people for doing sth brave or good.
- The main male character in a story, novel, film / movie etc.
- A person, especially a man, that you admire because of a particular quality or skill that they have.
CED also defines ‘hero’ as;
A very brave person, often a man, that a lot of people admire.
The main man in a book or movie.
Can I apply ‘hero’ when I’m refering to Aung San Suu Kyi singly as “Aung San Suu Kyi is the hero of Burma”?