Modern Day Knight: Female Wins Longsword Competition At World Invitational Tournament

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Modern day female longsword expert wins the The Longsword Competition at the World Invitationals.

Trained in European martial arts as she puts it (When you think ‘martial arts’ it usually brings up images of Far East fighting styles, so this was interesting to hear European sword fighting described in this way), and using swords that she herself designed (specifically for her style of fighting and longsword competition), Samantha Swords is a girl after my own ‘Geek’ heart.

See her video interview below complete with sword play demonstrations and training…

Cool Alert – her description of the custom and very flexible fighting armor she had specifically designed for her is cool.

[via Fashionably Geek]

100 Responses to “Modern Day Knight: Female Wins Longsword Competition At World Invitational Tournament”

  1. May 25, 2014

    Queen of Swords Reply

    […] issue with many considerations to consider. Firstly is the strength issue. The Harcourt… winner was a woman. Apparently she designed a sword to suit her fighting style. Which is awesome, […]

    • July 5, 2014

      brainhurt & fear Reply

      The martial arts champion is referred to as a ‘girl’ in the article. That is much more telling of the author’s mindset than the debate about whether ‘female’ is dehumanizing (it is, BTW).

      The author could simply be ignorant of the shades of meaning for references to adults, but there’s no shade of meaning to ‘girl.’

  2. June 26, 2014

    Rabo Reply

    Why “female” in the title and not “woman”? Do you often refer to men as “males” or do you only dehumanize women?

    • June 26, 2014

      David Lawyer Reply

      An interesting comment, especially being that the ‘subject’ of this so-called de-humanizing piece is about a woman who could kick my ass AND yours in probably less than three moves, because she’s just THAT freakin’ awesome of a sword fighter. So, you are entitled to your opinion, but the purpose of ‘PRAISING’ this female, this woman, this individual for her skill in an ancient and deadly art in this article was not, for the purpose of, as you put it, to de-humanize’ her…… :) I assure you!

    • June 26, 2014

      Joseph C. Reply

      The words ‘woman’ and ‘female’ are mostly interchangeable. If you consider the fact that the sword fighting world is primarily a ‘male’ dominated sport. It can be concluded that in this instance, the word ‘female’ is perhaps more suitable. It’s usage simply serves to emphasize the achievement over the vastly larger male population in the sport.

      It may suit you to gain a better understanding of the English language. I have a feeling that you would enjoy a much more serene life if you didn’t view the simple usages of a single word as an attack against the entire ‘female’ portion of the human race.

      P.S. Accusing someone of bigotry with no real rational is in fact bigotry in its very nature. Congratulations.

    • June 27, 2014

      Jo Reply

      This is your comment? Really? I’m not going to argue the correct designation (female is appropriate) just that possibly you shouldn’t be so quick to get your back up. You couldn’t just be happy that it happened? Or that someone found it significant enough to report it? Nope, you have to complain.

    • June 27, 2014

      sueloma Reply

      I don’t see the world “female” as an insult. It is an accurate term to describe this person. She is an adult female, also known as a woman. Chips off shoulders, please.

    • June 28, 2014

      Joe Reply

      Hurrah, you win the geek of words for today….now GO AWAY!!!

    • June 29, 2014

      Max kain Reply

      Well, I don’t know in english, but in french the translation for “female” is “femelle” which is mostly use to describe animals. For humans we use “femme” which would be translated as “women”. When I first learned english I was surprise that women would be refer to as females which in french basically describe the biological sexual function of a living organism. Like, we would say “the female organs of the flower” but we wouldn’t say “the women organs of the flower” or we would never say “this is an extraordinary female” it would be the same as calling her a cow. Technicaly a women is a human female but to me it always sounds dehumaizing when I see the use of the word “female” in english. Anyway, different langages different rules but I’m not that sure that women and female are synonyms even in english.

    • June 29, 2014

      Joey Reply

      You’re right. Referring to women as “females” is dehumanizing and othering. After reading your post, if the author would have taken two minutes to google search the issue rather than going straight to being defensive, he could have learned that. But nope.

    • June 29, 2014

      Karl Reply

      Wow you’re ridiculous.

    • June 30, 2014

      RitaRoo Reply

      Why is female de-humanizing versus woman?Either way, there is a masculine subject in the word. feMALE woMAN. Pick your poison sweety. Unless you intend on forming an entirely new word for it, move along. It is not offensive until someone overreacts and makes it that way. And even then, it is not offensive, just someone being absurd.

    • June 30, 2014

      Panda Reply

      Thank you. Whether or not the author intended to be dehumanizing, referring to any woman as a “female” is exactly that.

    • July 1, 2014

      The Danu Reply

      Does anyone see the ignorance in both the comment and the replies that follow it? Go out side and play children, I think you’re all in need of some fresh air. French and English have differently spelled words for things, as do other cultures. Just because Femelle and Female sound and are spelled similar does not mean they are meant as the same thing. Femme and Female mean the same thing. The fact that this comment was started.. No point except to get attention, argue, and stir up trouble. Female is a correct, scientific term, at least for English, which if I remember right.. This “Topic” was introduced in the English Language, *not* French.
      Basically, what I’m trying to get at is simply this, the words are not dehumanizing. They are what you make them. just like the word “Fuck” which originally meant “to hit” or “to hit with a stick”, or the word “Gay” which originally meant “Happy” or “to be Happy”.

    • July 1, 2014

      cablepuller Reply

      I am female, but at age 69, have never been a woman. There’s a big difference.

    • July 1, 2014

      itsmeman Reply

      Could you be any more petty? Good grief!

    • July 1, 2014

      R Reply

      This is a joke right? You’re upset with how they identified her gender?? Really??

    • July 1, 2014

      Jeddy Reply

      You would have acted equally butthurt if the author had said woman. Stop looking for drama where there is none.

    • July 1, 2014

      M Reply

      Why does a female have to be a woman?

    • July 2, 2014

      ike Reply

      many people consider woman a sexist term in itself because the root of the word is men. You cant win with touchy feminists.

    • July 2, 2014

      Robert W Reply

      Yay hyper-feminism. Female isn’t dehumanizing at all. It’s interchangeable with woman or girl, such as male is interchangeable with man or boy. If the author was attempting to belittle women, why would he write an article where a FEMALE won a long sword competition?

    • July 2, 2014

      Kris Reply

      I argue that exact point on a regular basis, Rabo. When being praised or touted, by being called a “female” instead of “woman”, it is decidedly degrading, as though we are animals instead of human beings. Only a woman could understand the difference in terminology and the disappointment we feel.

    • July 2, 2014

      Ranch Reply

      She has been referred to as “the armored lady” but the competition refers to competitors as male and female longsword experts.

    • July 2, 2014

      thatwordgrrl Reply

      Yes I do. And no I don’t. #askedandanswered

    • July 2, 2014

      Mike Reply

      Perhaps they chose “female” instead of “woman” to avoid the social designation of gender roles, as in “what makes a woman?” In this case, she’s not a “woman”, she’s a “swordmaster”. She wasn’t competing based on social graces or any “womanly” art, so using “woman” or “lady” isn’t appropriate. Rather than “dehumanizing” her, they actually are making a case that the distinction is her gender, not her social standing. It becomes notable because of the particular genetic makeup…i.e. female…of the competitor, something rare in this particular sport. However, the victory had nothing at all to do with her “womanly” attributes, or her ability to conduct herself as a “lady”. She is physically female, something usually not seen in this particular sport.
      Regardless, I think that while the discussion of whether or not the term is appropriate is a valid one, attempting to bring an accusation of “dehumanizing” is not only an overreaction, it’s also inaccurate, as there are, in fact, human females. And yes…men are often referred to as “males”, just as interchangeably as has already been noted. We usually don’t feel insulted by it, because there’s nothing insulting about being identified in a manner that can be applied to non-humans.

    • July 3, 2014

      Kuta Reply

      The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

    • July 3, 2014

      Brimstone Halo Reply

      Really, you actually went there? I hear you were auditioned for the latest Hobbit movie as they were running out of Trolls.

    • July 3, 2014

      Chris Wall Reply

      Putting the semantics of female/woman aside, the article might not seem so dehumanizing if it hadn’t waited until the last sentence of the body of the article to refer to the female by name. Imagine if the first sentence instead read, “Samantha Swords, a modern day longsword expert, has won the The Longsword Competition at the World Invitationals.” Without that it’s easy to read this as going, “wow! a woman!”

    • July 3, 2014

      John Reply

      I think it probably has more to do with the fact that “man swordfighter” or “woman swordfighter” just sounds awkward. You feminists are pathetic, you will try to hijack anything with your ideology. If you want to know what dehumanisation feels like try living in Iran.

    • July 4, 2014

      Michelle Reply

      This thread:

      Women + some men: “Even though this piece speaks highly of a woman, the way it’s written is still somewhat sexist and should be noted”

      Men + Trolls: “Shut up women! You’re stupid! Go live in Iran!!”

    • July 5, 2014

      brainhurt & fear Reply

      It is telling that, in the body of the brief article, the author infantilizes the martial arts champion with the phrase “Samantha Swords is a girl”.

      *shakes head, ashamed for the high quantity/low quality of men who were offended that a woman had the audacity to ask two questions about word usage*

    • July 5, 2014

      kungfubooty Reply

      I’m surprised that people are surprised that a story about an exception to traditional gender roles has resulted in a conversation about how we talk about gender. Take it as educational, not an attack. The language we use is important, regardless of intent. Both connotation and denotation should be considered, especially by writers and reporters. Consider the subtle differences here between what we would call synonyms, as well as how female and male might be used or perceived. Female is noted as having negative connotations in some contexts where male does not. Could this be a subtle sexist slant by the editors? Maybe. But that’s a whole different flame war…


      Woman, female, lady are nouns referring to adult human beings who are biologically female; that is, capable of bearing offspring. Woman is the general term. It is neutral, lacking either favorable or unfavorable implication, and is the most commonly used of the three: a wealthy woman; a woman of strong character, of unbridled appetites. In scientific, statistical, and other objective use, female is the neutral contrastive term to male and may apply to plants and animals also: 104 females to every 100 males; Among lions, the female is the chief hunter. Female is sometimes used in disparaging contexts: a gossipy female; a conniving female. Lady meaning “refined, polite woman” is a term of approval or praise: a real lady in all things; to behave like a lady.

      Man, male, gentleman are nouns referring to adult human beings who are biologically male; that is, physiologically equipped to initiate conception but not to bear children. Man is the most general and most commonly used of the three; it can be neutral, lacking either favorable or unfavorable implication: a wealthy man; a man of strong character, of unbridled appetites. It can also signify possession of the most typical or desirable masculine qualities: to take one’s punishment like a man. Male emphasizes the physical or sexual characteristics of a man; it may also refer to an animal or plant: a male in his prime; two males and three females in the pack; a male of the genus Ilex. In scientific and statistical use, male is the neutral contrastive term to female : 104 females to every 100 males; Among birds, the male is often more colorful than the female. Gentleman once used only of men of high social rank, now also specifies a man of courtesy and consideration: a real gentleman; to behave like a gentleman. Gentleman is also used as a polite term of reference ( This gentleman is waiting for a table ) or, only in the plural, of address ( Are we ready to begin, gentlemen? ). See also manly, male.

    • July 5, 2014

      lisa Reply

      Butthurt much? How is being a female dehumanizing?

    • July 11, 2014

      Jeffrey Reppel Reply

      The US military, in all its political correctness, refers to women as females.

  3. June 27, 2014

    Kelsey Reply

    Honestly, I think “female” reads better than “woman” when choosing one of the two to use as an adjective.

    I’m also baffled as to how “female”, but not “woman”, is sometimes seen as insulting (I have encountered this perception in many places). I have heard the word “woman” used in a VERY insulting way on multiple occasions. I personally view both as fundamental descriptors, unlike slang such as “chick” or “gal” or “bitch”.

    • July 2, 2014

      LongHairedWeirdo Reply

      Hm. “Female” wasn’t used as an adjective. “Female knight wins” wouldn’t bother me, but I see a legitimate complaint about “(a) female wins”.

      And you know what does bother me? That’s a legitimate complaint. It’s not something horrible to have done. But it’s a legit complaint, akin to “hey, dude, you stepped on some toes there” and an appropriate response is “oh, sorry, let me think about how I’m stepping next time.”

      There’s no reason to make a big fuss over it.

  4. June 27, 2014

    Kelsey Reply

    So much for careful reading. “Female” was used as a noun there, in which case I probably would have chosen “woman”.

  5. June 27, 2014

    Tower of Feminism Reply

    Really, I mean really female, woman ? That ‘so your argument for bigotry ? Your a disgrace to feminists :-/ !

  6. June 27, 2014

    Dahlia Reply

    Hey let’s get back to congratulation this badass on her achievement. I’d like to buy her a round. Cheers!

  7. June 28, 2014

    Audrey Reply

    This is fantastic to see and made me interested in something I might have passed over.

    The difference between female and woman is that female can be of any species, but a woman can only be a human. Because of that I prefer woman, but don’t consider female an insult.

  8. June 28, 2014

    allen wilson Reply

    Why is there always some people who have to turn anything on the internet into a personal battle? Who gives ANYBODY regardless of gender to police anyone and pass judgment on anything. Nobody. Its writing. Regardless if you have a penis or a vagina we all have brains and mouths and should use one of those more and the other one less. We are all humans and we all make mistakes. Not every post on the internet is an open invitation to undermine the individuals time who wrote said article, the people who may have filmed anything and the subject(s) in the video. Its only about sex or race or religion or sexual preference if those who are for their own selfish & personal reasons are invested in those things MAKES it about that. The more they talk the more issues they see so my advice is to just breathe. Enjoy your time on this planet and don’t sweat the small stuff. RELAX!

  9. June 28, 2014

    AZ Reply

    To put it simply, the term “female” reduces a woman to a distinction solely based on body parts, and therefore semantically puts those body parts in the forefront of any thoughts, relevant or not to the current conversation. In general, “woman” in preferable because it’s a more all-encompassing term, not just limiting the description to a woman’s anatomy, but rather her mind, personality, accomplishments, etc. And for the record, I find “male” just as limiting. But it really isn’t used as much, except perhaps by law enforcement…

  10. June 28, 2014

    LinguisticsMatters Reply

    Yeah, it’s a tad creepy because it was used as a noun.
    ‘The long jumping male fell to the ground.’ is creepier than ‘The long jumping man fell to the ground’. It’s creepy to use a gender descriptor as a noun; it makes the gender seem the sole important part of the statement which is….creepy!

    So, in the future: ‘female longsword competition winner’ is OK. (Noun is ‘winner’).
    ‘Longsword competition winner female’, not OK. (Noun is ‘female’).

    Just so you know for next time. Don’t creep us out. ;)
    But thanks for the intention behind the post.

    • June 29, 2014

      RallyQ Reply

      I agree with you. I am thoroughly impressed with Samantha Sword’s accomplishment and excited to read about it! I wish only that the headline had been a little less, well, creepy (as you put it). Thank you for this further explanation (in support of others’ comments about use of “female” as a noun rather than adjective describing a person). The writer intended well and perhaps will consider this issue more carefully in the future.

  11. Perhaps they put “female” because she doesn’t like “males”.

    It would also explain why she won.

    Women like Men. Nature designed it that way.

    Sorry if you don’t believe in nature, but, it ALWAYS wins, male or female.

    • June 30, 2014

      Spark Reply

      Now, that’s is creepier.
      ‘she won because she doesn’t like men’.

      You are posting comments from a psychiatric ward, aren’t you?

  12. June 28, 2014

    Rich Reply

    ‘Female’ sounds cold as an adjective. I think as an adjective it’s fine, “Modern day female longsword expert” is great. “Female wins” just sound weird, and I think “Woman wins” sounds more natural. Female can be a noun so of course it’s not grammatically incorrect, but when I try to imagine “Male wins longsword competition”- nope.

  13. June 29, 2014

    suze Reply

    Can we focus on what is important here? She accomplished something truly amazing! Grammar police, chill out!

  14. June 29, 2014

    Joey Reply

    Woman would have been far far better than “female”. In fact, using “female” as a noun when referring to a woman is unacceptable.
    Referring to women as “females” is othering and dehumanizing.

  15. June 29, 2014

    Will Reply

    And the troll wins again

  16. June 29, 2014

    Cassandra Reply

    I guess what women are more frustrated with is the title of the article makes it seem like it should be a surprise that a woman won. I think it would be great if we could get to the point of just using someone’s name when they win instead of their gender. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a women can do something better than a man just as it shouldn’t be a surprise if a man does something better than a woman. Your gender doesn’t limit you to how strong you are, how capable you are, or what you’re allowed to be good at. It’s all in training and setting your mind to it.

  17. June 29, 2014

    David Reply

    Can we PLEASE get back to the original subject?! Enough of the grammatical correctness!

  18. June 30, 2014

    Tristan Reply

    Wait. This woman is good looking, intelligent and she can fight? I wonder when she will be making her appearance on Game of Thrones.

  19. June 30, 2014

    Piper Reply

    Why use “female” at all? Why not just use her name? “Samantha Swords wins…”
    Then later add a subtle fact-supported statement that expands upon the sport being rather male dominated and how awesome Sam is for kicking ass. Or something like that.

    • July 4, 2014

      David Argall Reply

      Why mention her sex? Because it is the point that interests the vast majority of us. Somebody won it last year [or whenever it was last held.] Anyone know who? Or care? Nothing for the vast majority of us to wonder about.
      But that a woman won what would be presumed to be a male dominated event? Why? How?
      Have they warped the rule [perhaps in the name of safety] so much that the game is no longer a good test of true longsword skill? Is the lady a unique physical specimen? Was this evidence that the women of 1400 were in fact far more competent in battle than one would suppose?… All sorts of interesting questions that only come up because of the sex of the winner.

  20. June 30, 2014

    mac Reply

    Male or female if you are competitive with an actual longsword you ain’t no geek.

  21. June 30, 2014

    Jubal Reply

    “Modern day arsehole: male loses argument at boring comment thread. Learned male, Dawid Lawyer…”

  22. July 1, 2014

    SomeoneinKansas Reply

    In the military women are referred to as females and men are referred to as males. And neither party finds it offensive from many anonymous polls. If “female” is a dehumanizing term than so is “male” I personally think it is up to the one being called whatever it is they are called too determine us it is dehumanizing. She may have a problem with it, she may not. There is also different cultural meanings for the word. And honestly does it really matter? The article isn’t about you so why do you care? Just say congrats and move on. If you think its a wrong usage if words, contact the author of the article, because starting an argument online will not change anything except get you more heated when someone disagrees with you. AndI guarantee if it was a guy who won, and the author said “male” wins, you would have said nothing. Oh but you are being the voice for all women right? defending us and saying we should be treated exactly the same as men. Right? Well if you believe we should all be equal then let us speak for ourselves. As a woman, an independent mother I might add, I don’t want you as my voice. And for the record, calling me a female doesn’t bother Mr one bit

  23. July 1, 2014

    Todd Reply

    Stop looking for reasons to be offended. If no offence was intended, none is implied. This is a piece on someone achieving that achievement was being the first of (her) gender to win a particular martial sport. As a student of “European martial arts” ie sword fighting in 70# of armor! I respect anyone who suits up. I’ve had my butt kicked by women in armor. Lady Knights that I have had the privilege of fighting care not for your commentary on feminism or dehumanizing noun usage. They’re just worried about getting suited up for the next match.

  24. July 1, 2014

    The Morgan Reply

    Most of the comments all go to male v female. Degrades into nothing. Breeds ridiculous for both male and female. Woman and man.

    The winner is simply a legend, the male or female of doesn’t matter.

  25. July 1, 2014

    VB Reply

    Stumbled across this site. Reading these comments, I can see why society calls you “geeks.” Allow me to clarify the meanings of the words:
    FEMALE: Someone none of you have ever touched.
    WOMAN: Someone none of you will ever touch.

  26. July 1, 2014

    Patrick Bateman Reply

    Brienne of Tarth is real?

  27. July 1, 2014

    PhotoJoe Reply

    Post went up August 2013 (it’s now July 2014) and all you MEN are arguing what to call a WOMAN, instead of just asking women what they want to be called… Patriarchal bullshit.

  28. July 1, 2014

    Dawn Reply

    In all honesty, you males who argue about the terms, ‘female’ and ‘woman’ need to STFU. It’s OUR terms, not yours. Female is appropriate. So is woman. Now, let’s congratulate Samantha for her accomplishment.

  29. July 1, 2014

    Kaz Reply

    The only thing with the article I have is the way they use of ‘female’ in the title, but it’s also understandable since she’s probably the only woman in the competition and she put the smack down on the men folk. :)

  30. July 1, 2014

    deirdre Reply

    fe·male [fee-meyl] Show IPA
    a person bearing two X chromosomes in the cell nuclei and normally having a vagina, a uterus and ovaries, and developing at puberty a relatively rounded body and enlarged breasts, and retaining a beardless face; a girl or woman.

    wom·an [woom-uhn] Show IPA
    noun, plural wom·en [wim-in] Show IPA .
    the female human being (distinguished from man ).
    an adult female person.

    Either is appropriate and rarely have I seen such a ridiculous argument. Everyone need not get their panties in wedge (male or female)

  31. July 1, 2014

    Nyarlathotep Reply

    She not only won there, but won in the comment section by pissing off over-privileged boys who get butt-hurt over grammar and the fact that a girl won.

  32. July 1, 2014

    kent Reply

    I think she’s HOT !
    Everyone stop blithering and watch this hot woman with the sword !

  33. July 2, 2014

    John Evans Reply

    Cool! Now, any bets as to how long it will be before the competition updates their rules to disallow women?

  34. July 2, 2014

    Jes Reply

    FIXED – “Samantha Swords wins The World Invitational Longsword Competition.”

  35. July 2, 2014

    nell Reply

    How bout this: Hot Female wins…..

  36. July 2, 2014

    Ela Reply


  37. July 2, 2014

    Rascal Reply

    Listen. The issue with female is that you wouldn’t say male were a man to have won the championship. The name of the person would probably be in the title. I’m ecstatic a woman won that, she’s a real amazing person. We’re focusing on her sex instead of her achievement though. She’s still a person like any of us and it’s separation where you’re going out of your way to say look a girl did something when really it should be look this person won.

    We’re all entitled to feel offended at whatever we want (so stop telling people that they’re overreacting, you cannot tell another how they feel.)

  38. July 2, 2014

    chrissy Reply

    i think they highlighted female b/c of the armor design too guys. it was designed by special sculptors at WETA Workshop in New Zealand. female armor is difficult to come by in films or for real sword fighting.
    check it out >>>

  39. July 2, 2014

    Blair Reply

    I’m not reading through all the comments because there’s like 5388272, but I wanted to point out that female is actually politically correct, Because it’s GENDER neutral. I don’t think that’s what the article is going for since the author later says “…a girl after my own…..” BUT it’s certainly not offensive to say female, and she is a female, but we don’t really know if she’s a “woman” without asking her about her gender identity. Having female sex organs makes you female, but it doesn’t make you a woman.

    Unless you’re just really really on the straight and narrow about gender identity, in which case you would think I’m spouting nonsense. But it’s 2014, no one is close minded anymore right?

  40. July 2, 2014

    lindsey Reply

    Thank you for bringing us this news. She’s awesome, and she’s Female. We are a despised and trashed biology. Everyday in the news women are being raped beaten murdered, sexually trafficked. That’s indication of our value, but not our worth. We are Female, the ones with Ova.

  41. July 2, 2014

    Jon Reply

    If “woman” and “man” are to be taken as descriptors of gender expression rather than sex, we need to expect that “female” and “male” will be used when referencing sex irrespective of gender.

  42. July 2, 2014

    Kumoichi Reply

    Oh, get over yourselves, whichever side of the fem fence you are on.
    I have been a European mediaeval and renaissance re-enactor for over 28 years as well as an oriental martial artist. In every club I have been in, it is IRRELEVANT what gender you are. The only thing important is skill, conditioning and heart. As, in this sport it doesn’t matter where your genitalia are located, how tall you are, how short you are, as to how good you are. Now, please get over yourselves and applaud this lady’s skill at arms and quit making HER achievement in a sport where ladies are in a numerical minority fit YOUR agenda, feelings of insecurity, superiority or whatever.
    Bravo, ma’am, I salute you.

  43. July 2, 2014

    Kimbo Reply

    She is so awesome! I’m so impressed that a woman/female has won a sword fighting tournament!!

    Actually, I would’ve been impressed and interested in anyone who could be the best in the world at sword fighting! But the fact that it’s a woman this time, makes her my hero! :)

  44. July 2, 2014

    El Hacedor Reply

    What a bunch of sad buggers you are.

    Samantha Swords, non-gender specific Swordfighter wins tournament.

    Good for her. (can I say ‘her’?)

    This kind of rubbish nit-pick commentary over unimportant grammatical structure is what gives Feminism, which at it’s root is an important force for change, the eye-rolling naggard image it finds so difficult to shed, and which actual bigots try to fostert o support their cause…and I’m not talking about the original Troll who is just being a knob, I mean everyone else who waded in after.. me included now.

    ..AAAAAAANNNNNND back to swordfighting.

  45. July 2, 2014

    Rjaye Reply

    What? No video of her fighting? Whatwhat? I want to see her in action!!

  46. July 2, 2014

    SwordGrrl Reply

    It should just say she won. Its common for female sword fighters to get the better of the male ones. Research people. Its UNUSUAL in match ups for MEN to actually come out the victor when placed against a even-skilled female spar partner.

  47. July 2, 2014

    Rebecca Reply

    Congrats to Samantha Swords! Well done! (That’s all the rest of you grammar nitpickers had to do, congratulate her. But you’d rather argue semantics. Sad.)

  48. July 2, 2014

    stargene Reply

    It is staggering how quickly and easily these days a series of comments
    can derail itself and utterly lose context and focus. At any rate, Xena

    I can’t help but wonder, given public demos I’ve seen of medieval
    swordplay (and pikes, halbreds etc.) if back in the day, actual
    practitioners knew and used many more moves than have survived.
    Ie: it strikes me that actual soldiers and knights would have had
    techniques and training (what we might call katas or sets today)
    which would put what we see in Hollywood reproductions to
    shame. Not to mention much more deadly and complex moves.

  49. July 2, 2014

    Elliot Reply

    Everyone’s so consumed by the subject title (omg move on!) that no one seems to have commented on the fact that her last name is Swords! Swords! Srsly.

  50. July 2, 2014

    Thomas Reply

    It bothers me that this whole article screams: “OMG A GIRL” and that the title, nor the article referenced her name, or who she is. The only way we know her name is from the external link.

    All of it seems lazy, and like the author doesn’t care about the person, or sword fighting.

    • July 6, 2014

      fighterchic Reply

      Actually, there was a report on her about a year ago that told all about her. This isn’t a new story.

  51. July 3, 2014

    JystinAwesome Reply

    Would “Male wins clothe washing competition” be offensive?

    • July 5, 2014

      brainhurt & fear Reply

      As satire, no. As serious reportage, yes – it’s as offensive as ‘Adult knows how to wash her/his hands,’ b/c of the lack of skill required.

  52. Thank God she didn’t use a Broadsword!

  53. July 3, 2014

    Holly Reply

    Plenty of mansplaining on here. Not enough reflection or consideration.

  54. July 4, 2014

    Carl K Reply

    There are more women at that competition than just Samantha. Check the left sidebar of the results on this link.

  55. July 4, 2014

    stjo cp Reply

    Ponders the Olympic designations

    Women’s 100 meter
    Men’s freestyle
    Women’s downhill
    Et Al………………………….

    What seems to be lacking in all of this thread is addressing the content of the article. I’m a WMA and i applaud this person (if indeed I may use the word “person” in this context”) Amazing ability and skill.

  56. July 5, 2014

    Char Grainger Reply

    There is no such thing as a human female. There are only female humans. “Female” is an adjective, not a noun.
    People are confused because in certain semantic contexts, eg, “the female of the species”, “the female of the group”, the whole phrase acts as a noun. Note this semantic context only ever applies to animals – not humans. That’s why referring to a woman as a “female” (as in the headline of this article) is dehumanising, literally. As is referring to a man as a “male”.

    Trust me, I’m a linguist.

    Handy reference:
    Nouns (things): man, woman, aborigine
    Adjectives (describing words): male, female, aboriginal

    I’m guessing the writer of the headline is just ignorant of grammar (and alliteration) and not meaning to be sexist.

    Referring to her as a “girl”, on the other hand…. and some of these responses, good grief.

    • July 5, 2014

      nobody's perfect Reply

      I wish I could edit my post in order to fix my inappropriate use of the word “literally” :P I meant figuratively. It’s late.

  57. July 5, 2014

    veritas Reply

    I believed others jumped to a quick conclusion without asking why Rabo felt it was dehumanizing. After Char Grainger’s explanation I understand why .This is a prime example of miscommunication.

  58. July 6, 2014

    fighterchic Reply

    Good grief. The fact that someone in here is whining about the use of the word female vs woman makes me want to vomit.

    Question…have you ever held a sword let alone fight with one? Have you ever had an opponent who out weighed you by 300 pounds? Have you ever been in a battle where you, alone, ran up to take on 4 guys? Have you had bruises that span from your shoulder all the way to your knee and are proud of them because you can say…yeah. I totally took that shot…? If you can’t, give the damn pc a rest. If it doesn’t bother a girl who actually does this stuff… don’t let it bother you. I don’t need someone with a politically correct dictionary to defend me. My femininity is still intact. I can rescue myself out of the tower, thank you. However… if a wonderful fyrdman wants to come along and rescue me… I sure won’t say no to the chivalry.

  59. July 7, 2014

    Thomas D Reply

    FFS, everyone is distracted by the goddamn point of the article. She won the longsword competition! How cool is that?


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