There is something incredibly powerful about the image of a girl with a gun and I have been thinking about why it has such a strong effect on me. I’m not attracted to the violence its self, maybe its the girl being her own hero (not just a pretty pawn to be saved from the villain).
It could be that it’s a metaphor of mentally taking up arms against all the bullshit that women and girls are bombarded with everyday by mainstream media.
as I’m coming to the end of my teen girl years I can tell you that it was HARD
Becoming a woman means entering a war zone whether you wanted to or not.
Photo by Exxelle
One of my biggest childhood heroines was Joan of Arc she fascinated me and still does. There is still so little really known about her. She led a badly beaten France into many military victories over England and saved France from English rule. Her biggest victory was winning back Orleans from the English in 1429 when she was 17 years old. Joan was captured in battle and sold to the English who burned her at the stake at 19. She said she was guided by the voices of saints, but one has to wonder what was really going on. I would give both my arms to know what she was really like.
I want to be Strong and Brave even though a lot of times I just feel really vulnerable and scared. You have to realize that no matter what you think or anybody else says you have power, and with that comes responsibility.
You can awaken each day to obligations you never chose – or you can decide now to choose them. ~Robert Brault