James Cameron is not solely responsible for the stereotypical kick-ass super ninja fem warrior, but he didn’t help matters overly much with the Latino Marine in Aliens, Linda Hamilton in the Terminators and a mixture of the two somewhat in the Blue Dudes movie. I’ve talked about this before, as well as the Zena Princess Warrior and the Conon The Barbarian spin off of Red Sonya. And now, as if the Hollywood universe of Girl Power ( complete with Tank Girl and all the 80’s girl bands such as Pat Benetar ) is not complete enough, even shaving Demi Moore’s head to get the point across, we have The Walking Dead- a kick ass post Apocalypse series by any definition, at least the TV series- going one step further than simple “bitches is as good of warriors as guys” and postulating that in a mass die-off, such concerns as repopulating the human race are no where near as important as keeping Women’s Lib alive and well. I won’t go into too much detail, just enough to bring up to speed readers who have not viewed the series, but besides an accidental pregnancy in the opening days of the Zombie Apocalypse, there is absolutely no breeding going on ( although plenty of practicing ) except something like one in fifty ( one shown in the town of near eighty total, added to the main characters tribe ). And, the pregnancy itself of course ends in the mothers death, as if to highlight the real desirability of Modern Super Women to never do something as foolish as procreate.
But its okay to be kicking zombie butt from dawn to dusk. Being “soft” targets and all ( especially the tops of their skulls which devolve into newborn-like pliable ). The problem comes about when the living humans turn on each other. Then all the women are pretty much mowed down like cannon fodder. Which kind of leaves your whole species survival in question- which is where my contention lays. Before, I’ve argued that men evolved for arduous physical tasks like combat, having both superior upper body strength and being naturally aggressive. And we’ve talked about the surplus of sperm and the limited number of eggs. You can have one male survive and the women still all get impregnated. But for every female that dies in battle, a serious dent is made in the tribes reproductive capacity. Females have a high enough death rate as it is, with famine and disease and childbirth. Add in battlefield casualties and the tribe begins to approach terminal decline. And that is NOT how a species survives. And nature, knowing you simply cannot leave it up to the individual, has deep programmed us to copulate and reproduce like crazy in disaster situations ( even something as simple as an overseas modern war sees the trend afterwards as an extra wave of births happen regardless of the fathers casualty figures ). Females may arm and be the last ditch defenders, but they certainly don’t go on the offensive. Hollywood is a terrible education outlet.
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