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Flashback Friday-Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001)

In our world, when we think of princesses, we think of a certain type of character. She is a dainty, angelic young woman, usually a damsel in distress who is waiting for her beloved to rescue her. She has no agency, does not have much of a character arc, and walks off into the sunset in some version of happily ever after.

In 1995, Xena: Warrior Princess premiered and destroyed the stereotypes. An off-shoot of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena (Lucy Lawless) is a warrior princess with a less than clean past. Seeing the need to redeem herself, she fights against evil with the help of Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor).

Back then, this show was revolutionary. As a female character, Xena (and Gabrielle by extension), broke the mold. She was everything the classic princesses were not. There was also an element of romance between the main characters, opening the door for LGBTQ characters and viewers.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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Throwback Thursday: Warrior Women with Lucy Lawless

History is written by those who have access to pen and paper. Unfortunately for 99.9% of women, this means that our stories remain confined to the dustbins of time and memory.

In 2003, Warrior Women with Lucy Lawless premiered. Hosted by Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), this brief documentary series followed the lives and history of women who became warriors and heroines in their own right.

I’ve seen this series only briefly, but what I have seen, I have enjoyed.Without hitting the viewer over the head, this series is both a history lesson and a reminder that women are just as strong and capable as men.

I absolutely recommend it.

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