|Ako rests from battle: Ceniza would not, as neither would Vareesa or Jaina.|
In all the discussions about the Twin Consorts, I am certain someone before I noticed, and wrote about two very strong women heroines in Azeroth: Jaina Proudmoore and Vereesa Windrunner. I completely agree with Erinys' thesis about the Pygmalion aspect of the Twins: but they are just that: meant to be destroyed like the clay-footed statues they are. However, Jaina and Vareesa, the 'flesh and blood' characters, are just begging their own apotheosis. These two female characters directly, encouragingly, and without falter, lead the Silver Covenant and allies through the battlefields. I know who's in control, who's in charge, and willingly would walk over hot coals and pick up Saurok feces for them.
And this is not a rant, this is not hysteria, this is merely an observation: many people believe that women cannot get along with one another, and I must admit this is true, with this caveat: when the other woman in the discussion believes this, and acts accordingly. I have said this many times: I have legions of women friends, family members, mentors whom I adore. Not once did they 'dismiss' me for 'acting like a woman.' The second someone in the conversation does this, it's over. That is the essence of any 'ism' - the dismissiveness and disregard. That debate I had with CD Rogue about genres? It reminded me very much of a meeting I had recently and a colleague, who's pregnant, high-strung generally, was not being a good 'listener.' I am sure she would walk away thinking I was being how I was because I am a 'woman,' and I could easily dismiss her point of view because she's pregnant and...generally high strung. But though men can't get pregnant, they certainly can be passionate about their points-of-view. Are there gender distinctions? I hope so. Should those distinctions be used as a blunt-force instrument of battle? I hope not. In Azeroth, in the meantime, I'll keep fighting for Jaina and Vereesa.