Danger Gal Friday: Xena
I’m not sure what to say to the fact that I’ve never profiled Xena as a Danger Gal Friday. Maybe it’s that so much has already been written and said about her ground-breaking character that I wasn’t sure what I could add.
Xena: Warrior Princess blazed new ground for feminism and the acceptance of lesbianism. Not only is Xena a pop culture phenomenon for both reasons, but the show has influenced the emergence of other strong female characters, many of whom have been profiled on this site as Danger Gals. Via Salon:
“Xena” is credited by many, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon, with blazing the trail for a wave of female action heroes: Buffy, Max of “Dark Angel,” Sydney Bristow of “Alias,” Starbuck in SciFi’s new “Battlestar Galactica” (in which Lawless guest-starred last week) and the Bride in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill.” (Tarantino is an enthusiastic “Xena” fan: He talks about his love for this “really cool show” in an interview on the DVD of “Double Dare,” a recent documentary about Hollywood stuntwomen featuring “Xena” and “Kill Bill” double Zoe Bell.)
Many articles have already been written about Xena that I couldn’t possibly summarize it all in one blog post. Instead, here’s a list of some of my personal favorites:
- Xena: Feminist Icon by Suzanne Sheldon
- What we owe Xena by Cathy Young
- Xena: She’s Big, Tall, Strong – and Popular by Donna Minkowitz (Ms. Magazine)
- Xena in Love (Still Kicks Ass) by Jennifer Kesler (Hathor Legacy)
Please feel free to post links to your favorite articles about the Xena phenomenon or at least chime in with what the show meant to you.