Llamas, Women, and Other Stereotypes

We’ve been taught to presume the woman-warriors of myth and legend like Brunhilde, Queen Maeve, and Boudicca were unique; anomalies not representative of “real” women from the myth-making eras. Whereas, the figures of Arthur, Sigurd, Beowulf, Roland, and so on, are usually believed to be at the very least based in some part on real men. But what if, like the stories of their male counterparts, these legends of women fierce and fell were in fact representative of a woman’s typical role in warrior cultures? Roles that were degraded and suppressed because those woman-warriors gave lie to the obedient, silent, and compliant wife/mother/daughter/sister narrative of a later era. Read  We Have Always Fought, a great essay from A Dribble of Ink by author Kameron Hurley on why writing outside the stereotype matters.