Some comments have been made about my use of Xena avatars etc. For instance since some of them depict Xena battling men, the “I am not a psychologist, but I play one on the Internet” says that this is done in order to show that I believe I have dominance over men and hate men. Yes, I know. I will give you a second to wipe off your screen.
This is akin to saying Luke Skywalker battled Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers because he detested monocrome apparel, and therefore hates all who dare to wear it.
There is no accounting for decontextualized impairment I suppose. I mean after all, the BIBLE itself proves that God is a Worm.
Now let’s play “Get A Clue” -
Who are these prime example of manhood that we should all love that Xena is battling? Hmmm - they are all villians. Xena is a fictional story about good versus evil and turning one’s life from darkness to light. She also battles evil women, perhaps she also hates being a woman. Perhaps she is a doberman pincher trapped in a human female body, I mean think about it. Have you EVER seen Xena attack a doberman? Ha! My case is proven.
Now for those who are not the type to threaten people with publishing phone numbers and directions to their homes and workplaces, exactly why do I like Xena besides the obvious that it was a fun series, it was funny, and that Lucy Lawless played the part well?
Here is why. Xena was formerly a villian with some ethics - she justified herself by stating she only killed men when pillaging villages, never women and children. One of her warriors wanted to take over this army so he barged in without her knowledge and killed all, men, women, and children. Xena confronts him, and then the cry of a baby was heard. Xena grabbed the baby and saved its life, and her life went on a different path. Her army turned against her and tried to beat her to death. Making a long introduction short, she met Hercules and through him learned to see the value of good, the value of selflessness, and thus begins her journey to redemption. That all happened during the Hercules series.
The Xena series focuses on the rest of her life - her road to redemption. She spends it combatting evil and fighting always for good selflessly and fearlessly. Along the way she becomes even more human continuing on the path in which she said that Hercules “unchained her heart.” A lot happens in between but the motiff is redemption up until the very end when Xena chooses to go into what she knows is a suicide battle to redeem 40,000 souls who were trapped by a demon (remember this is Greek-mythology fantasy genre) and for whom she bore at least some responsibility for their death. She dies in a horribly brutal way, being riddled with arrows. She then is beheaded, and her headless body hoisted for all to see.
However….. there is a way that she can be restored to life if her ashes are poured into a specific place within a specific time. Gabrielle makes it just in time only to be stopped by the spirit of Xena who tells her no, if the 40,000 are to be released, she must stay dead, she gave her life for them….. and all along the road to that finale she made up for all her evil and helped make the world a better place.
That is why I totally now love the Xena series and stories. How many of us were born Christians? How many of us have done things we wish to redeem, not killing villages, but whatever it may be? We are all along the redemptive road, and Xena gave herself to good much more than any of us do. The theme resonates with me. I was a really tough and aggressive gal for the devil, I can do no less for Christ.
So to those ignoramuses who claim that pics of Xena beating up on some “man” are prima facie proof of misanthropy - remember you are defending the murderers, pillagers, and all other manners of evil that Xena was stopping. Get a clue.
Or… ohhhh….. ohhhh…. it’s my turn to play Internet Psychologist - those particular persons are upset with Xena killing villians and say it is just men is because they are male villians and well, its just professional courtesy, you know… the same reason a shark won’t eat a lawyer Legal humour, you gotta love it.