badass women!

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“The thigh-killer move? It is splendid. It’s the best move ever. It’s very hard. There’s a scene I have in the yellow dress where I run up and this guy is sort of annoying Illsa. She’s walking in, but he pushes her and pushes her and then, in one move, I have to turn around, jump up and get all around his neck with my leg and push him down on the ground. There’s no harness or anything, so you have to use just your body motion. The stunt guy is also helping out by bending his leg a bit, but it’s a hard move. And you’ll see it for a flash of a blink, and it takes weeks to train that move! And I said, “Bring it back. Can we have it again?” So I think we have it two or three times in the film. I love it “

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Last year I did a few write-ups and drawings about some lady fighters from history who fought openly as their gender (there are plenty of disguised-as-a-man soldiers and plenty of trans soldiers, but those are outside the scope of this series).  This is by no means an exhaustive list; there were plenty of great figures that my schedule didn’t permit me to tackle (at least not yet).  But as Women’s History Month gets started tomorrow, I thought y’all might enjoy reading about some of history’s toughest broads.

My top three feminist exploitations of male-default language:

1. “Valar morghulis. All men must die.” “Yes, but we are not men.” - Daenerys, Game of Thrones

2. “No man can kill me!” “I am no man!!!!” - Eowyn, LotR: Return of the King

3. “God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.” “Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.” - Dr. Ellie Sattler, Jurassic Park