Shieldmaidens are not a myth! A recent archaeological discovery has shattered the stereotype of exclusively male Viking warriors sailing out to war while their long-suffering wives wait at home with baby Vikings. (We knew it! We always knew it.) Plus, some other findings are challenging that whole “rape and pillage” thing, too. (Updated 9/3, see below.) Researchers at …
When I started living history I got sick of the male Testosterone saying women couldn't do this and that and they made the mistake of telling a group of us strong headed wenches to prove it.. lol so We did. and our findings actually shocked us in just how much history covering many different races and ages of warrior women including those that held their castle while men folk were lured away to fight.. these women trained in blacksmithing and like wise to their counterparts. By no means did they just stay at home tending to house work, fabric weaving and child raising. ... Thanks for you find. Happy to go into deepth sometime.
Look forward to that SKJ
Good comment fair shieldmaiden :-)
I find this interesting coming from a background of men AND women involved in the military for the last 3 generations.
As far as I'm aware ancient Celtic society also had women warriors, and here's a link from Soren Dreier about Samurai women.
This brings up a whole other issue though, about the roles of women and men and how we see ourselves right now.
It was a trial I can tell you, stepping out of traditional womans role back in the 80s. The relentless sexism was exhausting, I don't know if I ever recovered from the abuse that came my way. Spent years having to justify myself for no good reason other than people's limited perceptions of what women can be.
(Yes they really did believe that we were inferior because our brains are smaller).
I know a lot gets said about feminism in the alternative media as its obviously been co-opted for the agenda, but thank god things have changed in other respects. I'm glad that girls can go train to be an electrician if that's what they want, and I've met some awesome male nurses and health care professionals who aren't in the slightest bit emasculated. It's good we have more choices now.
Sometimes I see this whole male/female conflict in a different way too. To me the suppression of the female energy for so long has created an imbalance that is coming up right now. We all have male and female within us and it seems we have to recalibrate ourselves in this new world.
Women can now tackle the masculinity within themselves, so we can go out there and be independent and have more experiences than we could before. But to temper that with respect for men, not going all ball-breaker and chucking the baby out with the bathwater.
And men now can come more in contact with their intuition and caring side, but without going to far and turning into a wet lettuce all scared of offending anyone, then getting all bitter and twisted.
Kind of went off on a tangent there but I feel its relevant right now....something about this whole Trump/Clinton showdown presents itself as an imbalanced male/female issue.
"Arise Riders of Théoden! Swords will be shaken, shields will be splintered. A sword day, a red day, ere the sun rises!"