I was kind of surfing for ideas for a new avatar for me. I was, ever so briefly, a psychology major. And homeschooling my oldest child has required me to delve deeply into how his mind works in order to be able to help him at all. And I picked up this book about the artist Salvadore Dali recently, which has something to do with understanding "the mind of _____". It just so happens that, earlier this evening, I was expounding on the major breakthroughs my son has made recently in understanding his own mind and how to cope with his quirks. So, said child imposes upon Mom for like the last 2 hours (and it is 3:40 a.m. here -- he is making me NUTS at the moment) to "run his ideas through his mouth so he knows what he thinks" (at my expense and he is still running his mouth, as I type). Here I am, with all this "how the mind of man works" stuff on my mind when I get back online to halfway ignore him so he can finish thinking out loud without me murdering him or falling asleep mid-sentence -- and here is this website I was looking at before he began talking (and talking and talking...): http://home.broadpark.no/~vstromm/artwork.htm (semi- Not Work Safe, depending upon which thumbnail you enlarge).
So, here are all these pics of women warriors and most of them are highly sexualized -- well beyond merely the stereotypical "chain mail bikini". God only knows how many Red Sonja comics and what not that I have read in my life without thinking about it but, here I am, in this cauldron of psychological whatever today, and I went (lightbulb!): "Gee, I wonder what this says about how men think. Women do not literally become warriors very often. And when they do, they aren't generally your 'Hot Babe who could be a Play Boy Bunny' type." And I am thinking that putting sexy babes into chainmail bikinis and armed to the teeth must be some kind of Jungian-style "archetype" that it has such broad appeal: this must have some kind of unverbalized meaning for an awful lot of men. Perhaps inspired by yesterday's comments from Budgie and Richmond Jake, I wondered if men see the sexuality of women as dangerous to a degree that is appropriately represented by a naked, sexy Hot Babe wearing nothing but the contents of an armory while she poses like a Play Boy Bunny (like that would be so effective on the field of battle....riiiiight.).
I utterly expect this thread to totally bomb and not get a single response. sigh. But I think it is a fascinating idea, given how terrifying I always found men when I was younger (don't ask -- you don't want to know).