Novels set in imaginary futures are necessarily about the moment in which they are written.
Yes, absolutely. Granted, some may be harder to find than others but women have, to some extent, practiced martial arts as long as men.
Look at Wing Chun. It’s named after Yim Wing Chun, a woman considered the first true disciple of that style. In fact, Wing Chun is traditionally known as a martial art for women.
If Yim Wing Chun female martial artist worthy of note the Ng Mui must be too, considering she invented Wing Chun.
Lily Lau is a true grandmaster (if you believe grandmasters exist). She’s an 8th generation Eagle Claw master and one hell of a martial artist. She got a lifetime achievement award only last year.
Yang Meijun is considered a grandmaster of Wild Goose Qigong and practiced daily up until her death in 2002…at the age of 106.
I know Qigong is questioned quite severely in many circles but there’s no denying her lineage and dedication to the art.
Then there’s Donnie Yen’s mother, Bow Sim Mark.
The problem with historical female figures in martial arts is that women were basically forbidden to practice martial arts. Therefore, none of their accomplishments were recorded. It’s sad but true.
I believe there’s a noted female Aikido master as well but I don’t know her name off the top of my head.
Wu Rong is a historical figure in Baji Quan too. She infamously imported aspects of other styles into her family’s style and created a more fierce and vicious set of techniques.
So yeah, they’re out there. They’re not always easy to find and, sadly, I think this still influences things today. More women need to know that there were ferocious, powerful lady martial artists scattered throughout history.
i guess the real question is how can you not like tesla
he thought women would eventually rule the world because we’re the dominant sex
he liked pigeons
he was a vegetarian
he was a babe
he was shy
he hated edison
Yup, as long as you’re ok with that time he went bonkers and tried to build a death ray.
Are you serious the death ray was the best part
bit of a eugenicist and anti-Semite so I guess there’s that
(like that time in a letter to another high-society snob like himself he referred to “grocerymen” [read: “the poor”] and “Jews” as “plebeians” and “social-trilobites”)
like, I get that Edison was a total schmuck but yinz so desperate for a Science Hero that you’re going to gloss History in the other direction as if it’s any better…
And besides, Edison was such an asshole that the film industry had to move to the other side of the country and thank christ Hollywood is not in New York so thanks for that fallout at least.
If you read any 17th century diplomatic missive today, make sure it’s the Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire. Basically, the Sultan was like, “I command you to surrender to my army,” and then the Cossacks were all:
O sultan, Turkish devil and damned devil’s kith and kin, secretary to Lucifer himself. What the devil kind of knight are you, that can’t slay a hedgehog with his naked ass? The devil excretes, and your army eats. You will not, you son of a bitch, make subjects of Christian sons; we’ve no fear of your army, by land and by sea we will battle with thee, fuck your mother.
You Babylonian scullion, Macedonian wheelwright, brewer of Jerusalem, goat-fucker of Alexandria, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, Armenian pig, Podolian thief, catamite of Tartary, hangman of Kamyanets, and fool of all the world and underworld, an idiot before God, grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick. Pig’s snout, mare’s ass, slaughterhouse cur, unchristened brow, screw your own mother!
So the Zaporozhians declare, you lowlife. You won’t even be herding Christian pigs. Now we’ll conclude, for we don’t know the date and don’t own a calendar; the moon’s in the sky, the year with the Lord, the day’s the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our ass!
What a marvelous display of aggressive douchery. It’s actually even better if you read the Sultan’s letter first, because the entire set-up of this letter is to parody the Sultan’s diplomatic language in the original. Wikipedia has some more basic info on the 19th century recovery of the letter BTW, plus the painting that was inspired by the exchange.
might steal “The devil excretes and your army eats.”