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Bullets miss more often than they hit, according to LEO statistics on their own folks with ongoing training; and, like Susan Kuhnhausen here, going for a gun just seems to me like unnecessarily, yea dangerously, slowing down the entire Going Medieval On Asses bit.

Teeth have to be removed from you with a bit more effort than does a gun, and they're an excellent close-in weapon.
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Arms and the woman : war, gender, and literary representation / edited by Helen M. Cooper, Adrienne Auslander Munich, and Susan Merrill Squier. ; University of North Carolina Press, ; c1989. ; xx, 348 p. ; 24 cm.; 0807818607 (alk. paper) ; 0807842567 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Warrior women and popular balladry, 1650-1850 / Dianne Dugaw ; with a new preface. ; Dugaw, Dianne. ; University of Chicago Press, ; 1996. ; xx, 233 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.; 0226169162 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Amazons and military maids : women who dressed as men in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness / Julie Wheelwright. ; Wheelwright, Julie. ; Pandora, ; 1989. ; 205 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.; 0044404948 : ; 0044403569

These books, reviewed by Constance Wainwright in 1992 and therefore older yet than that, explore the intersections of the expectations of how women are to relate to war and how they actually do so.
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Int'l grandmothers' enviro movement. In part:
The women, formally called the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, come from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Their languages, cultures and traditions are as different as their lands.

"They're not women of politics. They're women of prayer," said Jeneane Prevatt of The Center for Sacred Studies in Sonora, Calif., who goes by the name Jyoti.

The indigenous grandmothers hope to ease war, pollution and social ills by teaching traditional ways that served their people long before the birth of modern peace and environmental movements.
And me, I live in hope.
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Of course, it was the Greeks who first discussed Amazons, and in terms that led listeners to the conclusion that, like the fabled Helen, this too was a teaching-myth concerning the perfidy of women and the necessity of keeping them under strict control.

Of course, we know what happened with Helen's story: whether or not the woman herself was real, Troy certainly was, in a near-perfect correlation with the site described.

That said, PBS has exhibited the discovery of a woman's tomb somewhere in the geographical limits of the old Soviet Union - I was thinking Georgia, but I could be blowing smoke. The link is here and displays some-but-not-all of the highly interesting bits about the situation. In short: there is evidence for horse-riding warrior priestesses, and there is genetic evidence tying some of the descendents of the Mongols to these women. If you happen to be able to see "Secrets of the Dead: Amazons", do so.

Heh. Horse-riding bow-wielding terrors. *love*


May. 19th, 2006 08:40 am
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One of the joys of reading Amazons!, edited by the lyrical and moody transsexual author Jessica Amanda Salmonson, is the introduction made of biographical essays on various historical warrior women.

One of my personal fights for survival as a child was the question of wanting to be what I was not, and the destructive power of that desire. Therefore, learning that wanting to be a warrior was not actually a one-to-one congruence with wanting to be male was a profound relief to me.

In honor of Ms. Salmonson, her own battles, and the reinforcements she offered to mine, I will begin posting historical evidence of Amazons myself, together with the source, so that, as you need, you may go find out more.

First up: a possible Amazon of the Peruvian Moche, as brought to us by the New York Times: A Peruvian Woman of A.D. 450 Seems to Have Had Two Careers By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD, Published: May 17, 2006
In part:
"She was surrounded by weaving materials and needles, befitting a woman, and 2 ceremonial war clubs and 28 spear throwers — sticks that propel spears with far greater force [...]" and also "Lying near her was the skeleton of another young woman who was apparently sacrificed by strangulation with a hemp rope, which was still around her neck. Such sacrifices were common in Andean cultures."
Now, maybe she was a warrior and maybe she just impressed the hell out of the warriors around her. She was rich, she was highly decorated with tattoos, she was buried near the summit of a pyramid, she had her own sacrifice buried with her.

More information can be found at the National Geographic site, or in the June issue of the magazine.


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