Women Holding Big Swords

I do like a bit of science fiction, and I do like a bit of fantasy too. And thanks to these interests I am exposed to a lot of cover art featuring women in far too few clothes for the job at hand.

This is a bit odd as science fiction is actually an excellent genre for showing females as strong characters and not just dumb stereotypes. From Kaylee and Zoe from Firefly to Janeway from Voyager. Not to mention Uhuru in the original Star Trek, the first black actress to play a major TV character that wasn’t a servant.

Fantasy, though, is worse. And fantasy cover and game art is the most tragic. Although Game Of Thrones has given us a slew of strong interesting females, the average female on the cover of a fantasy novel always looks cold and uncomfortable, and liable to be killed by the first badly aimed arrow shot in her direction.

So it’s a refreshing change to see this collection of female fighters dressed in a reasonable and very arse-kicking way. (Click on the button at the bottom of the page to see the other pages, 13 of them in total.)

It confuses me greatly why people would think the usual simpering twits on offer (example up there at the top of this page) are hotter than these no-nonsense sword-thrusting ladies with a brain in their heads and a fucking fire in their hearts.

Or maybe that’s just me.

/ paddy

1940s School Day

H11 goes to a very neat school. It’s bilingual, and they have a great selection of eccentric and brilliant teachers. Today, they decided to do a retro school day and all the students and teachers got dressed up in old-style clothes. H11 himself turned up in a cap, shirt, armless sweater, black shoes and pants tucked into his socks. It totally ruled.

I don’t think posting photos of the kids is okay, but I reckon the adults are fair game. So here, without further introduction, are a few photos of the teachers. Enjoy.

See? Stylish people. I think I might wear a hat to work tomorrow. Just because.

/ paddy