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Conservative Podcaster Gets Epic History Lesson After Complaining About Women Fighting With Swords In 'The Witcher'

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This week, another conservative commentator was schooled for their misogynist take on fictional entertainment.

People has had no problem giving him a lesson.


In Netflix's new show, The Witcher, the story is fantasy fiction and focuses on a lone monster hunter and a princess, who find their destinies to be crossed. The season focuses on world-building and how these two distinct characters, as well as many other sub-characters, mature in this environment.

As a guest podcaster on The Daily Wire, crime novelist Andrew Klavan visited and decided to comment on The Witcher after having given it a view. His comments, however, were extremely misogynist, anti-progressive and just historically wrong.

Klavan jumped right into his critique, giving away his position:

"Immediately I was put off by the fact that there's a queen in this who fights like a man. There's a couple of scenes where women fight with swords."
"And I just hate these scenes, because no women can fight with swords. Zero women can fight with a sword."

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Klavan then felt the need to elaborate on what he meant:

"What I mean by that is in a situation where you are fighting men who are used to fighting with swords, you are going to get killed if you are a woman fighting with a sword 100 percent of the time."
"A woman with a sword could kill somebody who doesn't know how to fight with a sword. But in a war situation, where you are swinging this five to ten pound sword again and again and again, against much, much, much stronger men, they are going to kill you."

Klavan then suggested a more realistic take on the fantasy fictional show, since monster-slaying appears to be more realistic than a woman handling a sword.

Klavan suggested:

"They should have made the character a man. She's a man."
"She's gross. She swaggers around and she rips into the meat and tears it with her teeth and curses people."
"It was a feminist statement and I was like 'please, give me a break.' I don't know if that is in the book but this is not the way that any woman behaves."

You can watch his full critique here:

Twitter, of course, felt the need to respond.

They gave Klavan a little history lesson in sword-fighting and common fantasy fiction elements.

Some started off easy on Klavan, pointing out his inaccurate portrayal of the weapon women apparently can't wield effectively.

Or, ya know, Joan of Arc.

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Also, while we're talking about wielding, there were multiple comments about how the making of swords is specifically meant for easier handling.

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And never mind the popular female figures who viewed swords as their weapons of choice.



Also, apparently women being proper sword fighters is much less predictable than monsters and monster-slaying.


Clearly, before Klavan comes forward with another film or TV critique, he should be careful to double-check his historical, and patriarchal, facts before speaking out about the "issues" he's seeing.

He may also, where applicable, want to give the books a gander, too.

You can get The Witcher Boxed Set: Blood of Elves, The Time of Contempt, Baptism of Fire to check out the accuracy of Klavan's rant here.

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