movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Sun May 22 2016, 08:15pm | 5 comments
I don’t watch Outlander, and I have no idea what happened in this episode, but I’ve read enough history that I’m pretty sure I agree with you 100%.
Isn’t it odd how women are often the ranged class in fantasy? If anything they’d be better suited to swords or spears. A longbow takes enormous strength to draw and hold effectively. Whereas most swords don’t weigh more than 5 pounds even at their largest. There is a reason why the sword was the favorite civilian weapon until well into the age of black powder.
What the heck does this have to do with *Outlander*?
Nothing, but I’m sick of movies that don’t bother making sense. I’m also sick of movies that don’t need to make sense using historical accuracy as the reason for excluding women. Women can fight, the fact that they’re at some disadvantage just means they fit the heroic mold.
Long story short, I agree. Women did not sit around knitting for thousands of years. Women did some fucking cool stuff that would make for some kickass historical fiction. Hollywood needs to read up on… pretty much everything.
Women can fight, the fact that they’re at some disadvantage just means they fit the heroic mold.
But Outlander is not about a woman warrior. Not even close.
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