It seems that Brienne of Tarth is at it again. In a recent interview with the BBC, English Heritage reported that they will finally be allowing women to compete in their jousting tournaments, which comes after 950 years of male exclusivity. Lance-wielding ladies will compete against each other and their male rivals on horseback at Bolsover, Carisbrooke, and Pendennis Castles. To start it off, famed female jouster Nicky Willis competed at Kenilworth Castle this past weekend.
It’s a move the BBC is calling the “Game of Thrones Effect” but which might more accurately be called the “Gwendoline Christie Effect,” since she’s the one who seems to spread gender equality for people who want to wear shiny metal armor (see: Captain Phasma of Star Wars).
That is, assuming it’s the popularity of women warriors in media that’s driving the change. English Heritage claims it wants women to compete so that they will have the finest competitors involved in their tourneys. A number of the better jousters these days are women, such as Nicky Willis and Alix van Zijl. If what it takes to have quality athletes and exciting tournaments is equality, that’s a win-win version of progress. Why’d it take a thousand years to figure this out?
What other metal ceilings would you like to see Gwendoline Christie and other warrior women smash?
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