Hatshepsut was born in the late 16th or early 15th century BC and managed to rise to the, until then, male-only title of pharaoh. In the throne she invested in the relationship with neighbors, therefore her 22 years in command turned into the most peaceful and rich in a long time, opening the path to the peak of the 18th dynasty. Her legacy is so big that the proofs of her tenure persisted yet many attempts to write her off history, beginning with the following sovereign.
Neferure was her only child and received an uncommon education, being so well prepared some historians believe she was nurtured to take the throne after her mother. That’s a reason could explain the erasure of Hatshepsut from history, to not let the idea of female rulers take over the tradition of the hereditary male pharaoh.
Although not uncommon, female rulers in Egypt were mostly widow queens acting as regents to their sons, being closely advised in their task, until being replaced. Hatshepsut herself was represented with male features and clothes.
There are articles about Hatshepsut all over the internet, here is a documentary from Discovery Channel showing the find and analysis of her mummy and other informations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUM0cmkPWQ0
So… this post on my other tumblr (for women historical stuff) got featured on the History (official?) tag of Tumblr. Unexpected and cool. =)
I was going to draw something to finally digest the end of Birds of Prey and in a mysterious way I ended with this…
I know Dinah is more of a traditional martial artist, but when the reference of MMA fighters popped up in my head I couldn’t let it go.
Well, harassment of women in the geek community is not new, yet this week was particularly horrible. I felt the need to do this comic strip today as a frustrated reflection, I guess. Super heroes or just heroes in general are images of the good in humanity, of the use of strength to protect, not to harm, but you see fans using them as an excuse to attack people, it’s the ultimate illogic. I chose Spider-man because he and Batman were the first superheroes I loved as a kid, but I didn’t want add darkness to this already sad issue, so Spider-man it was.
Maybe if people just asked that question…
Yuenü (literally the Lady of Yue) first appears in the ‘Commentary of Zuo’, which was written in the Warring States Period, by Zuo Zhuan. The text develops the story behind the entries in the ‘Autumn and Spring Annals’ and is the most famous and accepted of the historic narratives of such kind, while there being disagreements in the extent of veracity of its reports.
The account tells during the Autunm and Spring Period of China, the king Goujian of Yue invited a woman from the Southern Forest whom was known for her sword skills. The woman told had learned such skills by herself, as a necessity of living in the forest and made the first known exposition of swordsmanship fundaments, which for her was based in the yin yang concept, she explained one have to maintain calm while developing strength. Impressed the king ordered for her to train his commanders and gave her the title of Lady of Yue.
There are more relates of female warriors at that age in China, even with more likelihood, but Yuenü is the base of many swordswomen in the chinese novels of the sequent centuries and even in the modern wuxia movies.
Ulrika Stålhammar (1688-1733) and her sisters were left bankrupt and fated to convenience marriages with the death of their father. Ulrika then ran away from home dressed in her father clothes and eventually enlisted in the Sweden army, under the name of Wilhelm Edstedt. Like that she served for 13 years being promoted to corporal.
At the meantime she met Maria Lönnman, a maid for whom she fell in love and ended up marrying. All that would end years later when one of Ulrika sisters discovered her, pressed, Ulrika confessed her “crimes” to the government.
As at the 18th century Sweden crossdressing and homosexuality were punishable by death, Ulrika asked for consideration of her service to the crown. Helping as background influence, she came from a city with a well known story of a woman, also called Ulrika, who led her people in the absence of men under the war. These factors plus the couple statements vowing never have had sex, but just a “pure love”, somehow worked into freeing both after short imprisonment. Ulrika and Maria lived separated after that but exchanged love letters till the end.
Did this sketch months ago. Well, looks like never gonna happen…
Also, I had this random idea two nights ago, ‘what if Diana wore a more modern military attire?’. Kind of an aviator+princess concept? well, random but it was fun to imagine. =)
Since the image of Gal Gadot was revealed I was itching to try an armored Wonder Woman, so… here it is.
I chose a more hoplite style of painted cuirass and general look.
A quick sketch cause everything in this comic is beyond adorable. =3
Waiting for wednesday.