Modern Day Knight: Longsword Expert, Samantha Swords wins Longsword Competition At World Invitational Tournament

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[updated 07.05.19] Longsword Expert, Samantha Swords wins the The Longsword Competition at the World Invitationals.

Trained in European martial arts as she puts it, 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]

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207 thoughts on “Modern Day Knight: Longsword Expert, Samantha Swords wins Longsword Competition At World Invitational Tournament

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  2. Avatar brainhurt & fear says:

    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.’

  3. Avatar Katherine Arete says:

    Right. This woman is no girl. You don’t say “female wins” either. What, female parrot? Female giraffe? Female human. Ah. No, the word woman works just fine.

    Though it -is- odd. No one really writes articles saying, “Excellent athlete emerges victorious and is also a man!”

  4. Avatar Dorothwa says:

    Most species have a word for females of that species. For humans, the word is women. So like, use that word. I’m also gonna go out on a limb here and assume this woman has a name that could be used as well.

  5. Avatar J Fro says:


    “female” is an adjective, not a noun

  6. Avatar Master Smith says:

    A “girl” is really just any female who doesn’t have children. i.e. not quite an adult.
    Similarly “lads”, “boys” and “guys” are typically used in a similar way for males who also aren’t yet fully grown up.
    Obviously the terms are not absolute, and mistakes are madebut they are used to indicate social position compared to full adulthood.

  7. Avatar Notachance Mastermybutthole says:

    Wait, women need to have CHILDREN now to be adults? *spits*

  8. Avatar Asrugan says:

    I think it’s more telling of the article that “she” was used three times, “female” twice, “girl” once, yet barely managed to fit in her name once near the end of a run on sentence.

  9. Avatar Saeka says:

    Awkwardly written article… I would have found the writing just as awkward & dismaying had it been a man who won, and the article was written like this (but of course it wouldn’t have been):

    Modern Day Knight: Male Wins Longsword Competition at Word Invitational Tournament

    Modern day male longsword expert wins the The Longsword Competition at the World Invitationals.
    Trained in European martial arts… and using swords that he himself designed, Samuel Swords is a boy after my own ‘Geek’ heart.

  10. Avatar Simon Blake says:

    This series of comments is political correctness at its worst. Somebody had to win. What is newsworthy is that a woman has won an event that most people would expect to be won by a man. Gender is therefore relevant to the story. It is also relevant that she is young and relatively small in stature given the historical expectation that the longsword was a weapon of brute force wielded by big men. “Girl” may not be a perfect choice of word but it is often used to convey “young woman” and so is not totally out of place. Had the headline read “Sam Swords wins Longsword competition” how many people would have read it?

  11. Avatar Doug says:

    The long sword isnt a weapon of brute force, like most swords, like most martial weapons it is a weapon of skill.

  12. Avatar Baltimore Maryland says:

    When people say “political correctness” I translate it as, “respect for people.” Thus, “This series of comments is respect for people at its worst.” I think this captures the essence of your remarks.

  13. Avatar Ruekin says:

    You’re taking away from this woman’s achievement by even bringing your drama here.

    An athlete won against biologically stacked odds with their skill and dedication.

    Be happy for them.

  14. Avatar Tim says:

    You know there are rules against full force swings, etc. In other words, she didn’t have to complete against the upper body strength of her male counterparts. This is a great win, but I would hardly call it a victory against biology.

  15. Avatar Bonezy Deadface says:

    “Saying ‘female wins longsword tournament’ is dehumanizing”.

    Because we totally have to worry about horses and lemurs winning. This is ridiculous. Jfc

  16. Avatar Jason says:

    Seriously, my first thought was “female wins?”
    No dammit, this is a WOMAN!

  17. Avatar Gretchen says:

    My thought too – what is with this ‘female’? Jesus. Female what? Female human? Then that is known as a woman. Absurd.

  18. Avatar Catherine says:

    I agree heartily!

  19. Avatar Larry Standish says:

    They apparently was a Biological Female but identified as non and now a male, so they have some screws loose, but they don’t identify as a girl anyway so your indignation is misplaced

  20. Avatar Michael says:

    Dear god I bet you are fun at parties. Does everything offend you? If so please publish a list of acceptable words and phrases so that no one will hurt your fragile feelings.

  21. Avatar Map says:

    Yes, just say Trans and get over it. Sam Swords is a pioneer for trans sword fighters everywhere. Good on her.

  22. Avatar Neck Beard Crusader says:

    The fact that she’s a woman is the news. No one gives a fuck when some LARP guy wins these things. That’s why there is so much focus on her gender. You people are morons, can’t even figure out the simple premise of what makes a story newsworthy.

  23. Avatar Ed Littler says:

    It does remind me of the basketball team of all-girls St. Ann’s Academy which tidily defeated the boys league champions of their age group, 49-33.

    Here is the story

  24. Avatar Rob says:

    Let’s all stop referring to warriors with child-like euphamisms. Say man or say woman. Also This isn’t geek culture. Your making it Geek culture because it’s what you fantasize about.

  25. Avatar Duane Hensley says:

    WOW She is beautiful !! I think more women should get involved in some form of combat

  26. Avatar Larry Standish says:

    She is a he now…. lol

  27. Avatar Nancy says:

    FYI: Female is a dehumanizing term for woman.

  28. Avatar Rabo says:

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

  29. David Lawyer David Lawyer says:

    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!

  30. Avatar Bex says:

    My first thought on reading the title was ‘why not her name?’. Never considered the female-woman question. Was glad it wasn’t ‘girl’, that BS pisses me off regularly.

  31. Avatar Katherine Arete says:

    Right, but you’re using the word female incorrectly also. 😛 Female is an adjective. Not a noun. You can’t call someone a male or a female; it would need to be followed with, “male person,” “female human,” etc, and that just gets grammatically chunky and awkward.

    Woman or man works, unless a person doesn’t think of themselves as being one or the other.

  32. Avatar Jake says:

    It’s both an adjective and a noun. At least according to all four dictionaries I have available to me at this time.

  33. Avatar Heather says:

    Or – and I know this is a radical thought – how about instead of using “female” or “woman” or “girl” or any other such designation, you use her actual name? You know, like she’s a person with an identity and not just a “female”. If a man had won the tournament, would your headline have been “Male wins…” or would it have used his name?

  34. Avatar Davrada says:

    Would not have read the article if the author had used her name instead of the gender reference. ‘Woman’ would have brought me in just as much, but something denoting the uniqueness of the situation is why I stopped scanning and clicked. Then after reading this article I felt pretty good knowing that a woman was kicking ass in this sport and that it might be inspiration for others.

    Get frustrated with the poor writing, or the title of the article, if you want, but the title is what brings attention to others and helps break a stereotype.

    Don’t drown your message out by your own criticisms or people will surely stop listening, placing you in an all together different stereotype.

  35. Avatar Gretchen says:

    Then use the word woman, please. Female what? Female bear? Female bug? She’s a woman. You wouldn’t say ‘male’ wins award. It is fine to acknowledge her gender, but just call her a woman for goodness sakes. Only incels use the term ‘female’.

  36. Avatar Joseph C. says:

    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.

  37. David Lawyer David Lawyer says:

    Well put Joseph….

  38. Avatar Allison says:

    I am honestly not sure what the issue with calling someone “female” or “male” is. As a female soldier in the military, we refer to each other as males and females all the time. Its not derogatory, its the fact that some of us soldiers are male and some are female. we label barracks as female and male and bathrooms and we will call a group by shouting “MALES” or “FEMALES” or will announce the presence of the opposite gender on the floor of one of the genders by yelling “MALE ON THE FLOOR” or “FEMALE ON THE FLOOR”
    Honestly seems strange to call the specific label of gender dehumanizing when the bottom line is she is a female human. how can you get any more robotic and less emotionally specific then that?

  39. Avatar Katherine Arete says:

    No ad hominem attacks needed. To use male or female as a stand-alone is grammatically incorrect.

  40. Avatar kay says:

    This is a textbook kneejerk sexist response. Wrong on so many counts. 1) Female and woman are in no way interchangeable (“female salamander” makes total sense, “woman salamander”, not so much) female refers to gender, woman means female AND human. 2) Obviously, you can stand to gain a better understanding of the English language. 3) Bigotry is another word you should look up.

    Ok, so you don’t find the use of the word “woman” in this context offensive. Congratulations. Do you really believe that words cannot be offensive to some people and not to others? Who gave you the ability to deem which words people can find distasteful?

  41. Avatar KGW says:

    Dear Kay,

    Pot, kettle, black.


    Spell Syllables
    Synonyms Examples Word Origin
    See more synonyms on


    1. 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.
    2. an organism of the sex or sexual phase that normally produces egg cells.
    3. Botany. a pistillate plant.

  42. Avatar Jo says:

    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.

  43. Avatar Katherine Arete says:

    It is significant. No one would push themselves to become a powerful world champion and be called a boy. It would not be seen as respectful to the athlete. Language does matter.

  44. Avatar Davrada says:

    Wrong. Welcome to the world of equality. Young men get called boys, ALL THE TIME, in a sport or event dominated by older or larger guys. It’s part of the ritual… it’s part of the rise… and its certainly a reality when breaking down barriers. And we all… have… to do it.

    Whether its the new guys swinging a wrench, baseball bat, or a keyboard… it happens every day.

  45. Avatar Finn Hardin says:

    Agreed 100%.

  46. Avatar sueloma says:

    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.

  47. Avatar Heather Gray says:

    And yet, if a man had won, I strongly doubt the article’s title would have read “Male Wins Longsword Competition”.

    I don’t think the writer intended any insult.

    Unfortunately “female” is used so often as a way to dehumanize women these days (yes it describes women but the people who use it in a demeaning way intend to infer “female dog” or similar).

    “Woman” or “Samantha Sword” would have worked better.

  48. Avatar Joe says:

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

  49. Avatar Max kain says:

    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.

  50. Avatar Helen Krummenacker says:

    Actually, I would prefer to be recognized as female rather than being called a woman. I am biologically female, but woman is considered these days to have implications about gender, as in social roles and femininity. Most days I feel about as feminine as a good hard punch to the jaw, so I’ll take the term that implies nothing beyond my biology.

  51. Avatar Heather Gray says:

    You are correct Max. “Woman” and “female” are not synonymous.

  52. Avatar Joey says:

    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.

  53. Avatar Karl says:

    Wow you’re ridiculous.

  54. Avatar RitaRoo says:

    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.

  55. Avatar Richard says:

    Calling someone you don’t know “sweety”, on the other hand, is definitely offensive, and makes you kind of a creep.

  56. Avatar Gretchen says:

    Female can be applied to any animal. Woman refers to a human. See, let me help you undrestand. And calling people sweetie just shows where you’re coming from, incel, so you know.

  57. Avatar Panda says:

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

  58. Avatar Marc says:

    Wow, what a passive aggressive ass.

  59. Avatar The Danu says:

    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”.

  60. Avatar cablepuller says:

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

  61. Avatar itsmeman says:

    Could you be any more petty? Good grief!

  62. Avatar R says:

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

  63. Avatar Jeddy says:

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

  64. Avatar M says:

    Why does a female have to be a woman?

  65. Avatar ike says:

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

  66. Avatar Katherine Coutanche says:

    Women do not consider the word ‘woman’ to be sexist. As a woman, I feel I am a slightly more authoritative voice on this than you.

  67. Avatar Robert W says:

    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?

  68. Avatar Kris says:

    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.

  69. Avatar Patrick says:

    Right, because when Male Altheles are called just that, or simply boys, you don’t see a crusade rise up to smite the person who wrote it that way. Why? Because we’ve been dealing with it since the inception of reporting on any gender dominated sport. The author used gender as a way to get attention, as Sam is a gender fluid name, and is less attention grabbing than ‘Uncommon Gender X Wins Sport [Implied to be dominated by gender Y])

    It is a website that does seek to generate traffic, and as a man. I’ve been called a boy, when I’ve been well passed those years, I’ve been referred to as a male, and I’ve even been referred to as an ‘invdividual’ to avoid all gender assumption.

    It isn’t dehumanizing, it is hyper sensitivity to a perceived wrong that doesn’t exist. You either want equality, or you don’t. You can either put up with the same shit men do, or you can lobby for special treatment. You can’t have it both ways.

  70. Avatar Ranch says:

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

  71. Avatar thatwordgrrl says:

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

  72. Avatar Mike says:

    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.

  73. Avatar Michelle Ayres says:

    I think the real discussion should be why any gender identification should be used when describing something as a great accomplishment. Obviously, from the comments we (men and women/males and females) still have a long way to go when discussing gender equality (which I might add is the definition of Feminism) Better questions: 1. Why do we still need to trumpet women’s achievements as special when compared to the same male’s achievements? 2. Why are women irritated or annoyed when men state they are trying to applaud a female’s achievements as being just as good as man’s/boy’s etc… 3. Why do males feel the need to equate equality of women with some sort of presumed discrimination the “males” have had to deal with, thus women are equal if treated badly or persecuted as men feel they have been . In reality, we still live in an extreme patriarchal society filled with misogyny and sexism. And no, there is no such thing as reverse sexism simply due to the fact that we do indeed live in a patriarchy which means men/males still decide the rules of society. When I read the article I thought, wow, what an athlete and artist first, second I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful in our future if we did not need a “female” “woman” disclaimer attached to add interest or relevance of a great accomplishment held up to the “male” standard, whatever that means.

  74. Avatar Kuta says:

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

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

  76. Avatar Chris Wall says:

    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!”

  77. Avatar John says:

    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.

  78. Avatar Michelle says:

    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!!”

  79. Avatar brainhurt & fear says:

    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*

  80. Avatar kungfubooty says:

    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.

  81. Avatar Michelle Ayres says:

    Agreed! This is what I wrote above in the thread: I think the real discussion should be why any gender identification should be used when describing something as a great accomplishment. Obviously, from the comments we (men and women/males and females) still have a long way to go when discussing gender equality (which I might add is the definition of Feminism) Better questions: 1. Why do we still need to trumpet women’s achievements as special when compared to the same male’s achievements? 2. Why are women irritated or annoyed when men state they are trying to applaud a female’s achievements as being just as good as man’s/boy’s etc… 3. Why do males feel the need to equate equality of women with some sort of presumed discrimination the “males” have had to deal with, thus women are equal if treated badly or persecuted as men feel they have been . In reality, we still live in an extreme patriarchal society filled with misogyny and sexism. And no, there is no such thing as reverse sexism simply due to the fact that we do indeed live in a patriarchy which means men/males still decide the rules of society. When I read the article I thought, wow, what an athlete and artist first, second I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful in our future if we did not need a “female” “woman” disclaimer attached to add interest or relevance of a great accomplishment held up to the “male” standard.

  82. Avatar lisa says:

    Butthurt much? How is being a female dehumanizing?

  83. Avatar Jeffrey Reppel says:

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

  84. Avatar luagha says:

    I direct you to the first episodes of ‘Supergirl’ for the answer to your question.

  85. Avatar Eher says:

    You people should really look up the etymology of the words you’re bitching about…

  86. Avatar Freya says:

    Yep I always cringe when people say ‘female’ instead of ‘woman’. I think it is actually a sign of closeted misogyny and I’m suspicious of men who use it in conversation.

  87. Avatar Opake DraGon says:

    Louder for those in the back!!

  88. Avatar Kathryn says:

    YES. exactly. she is a HUMAN PERSON not a female of the species.

  89. Avatar Kyle Stiff says:

    Oh my gosh, I hope ya’ll are happy for making this poor dude regret ever writing about this badass lady!

  90. Avatar Kelsey says:

    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”.

  91. Avatar LongHairedWeirdo says:

    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.

  92. Avatar Kelsey says:

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

  93. Avatar Tower of Feminism says:

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

  94. Avatar Dahlia says:

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

  95. Avatar Audrey says:

    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.

  96. Avatar allen wilson says:

    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!

  97. Avatar AZ says:

    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…

  98. Avatar LinguisticsMatters says:

    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.

  99. Avatar RallyQ says:

    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.

  100. Avatar linguisticsdontmatter says:

    Linguistics don’t mean shit. I don’t care who the how the hell you fucksticks think. I bet your dumbasses can read dis shit an understand y’all being so fucking smart and shit. The purpose of life ain’t to be a petty word number crunching addict that is programmed to know the English language by heart. My dude smoked this article and the girl swings that sword like your wife on a Friday night, amazing. All people are not the same and language does not define a person. People use language they are comfortable with. Ain’t got time to be looking thru a thesaurus dictionary or spell check, some people have real lives. And Sam didn’t comment so why the fuck are you. It don’t look like she need anybody to defend her. Language is a tool for oppression, always has been always will be. Peace

    P.S the only reason I replied to this reply is you seem like one of those people I think of as dumbfucks because of your screen name. You know like when you having a convo and the person you talking to not even listening to what you say but how you say it and will interrupt you to explain how you used the wrong word when they know exactly what you mean. Always trying to correct somebody when nobody asked you too. #YCEADYFM

  101. 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.

  102. Avatar Spark says:

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

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

  103. Avatar Rich says:

    ‘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.

  104. Avatar Emorog says:

    well said!

  105. Avatar suze says:

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

  106. Avatar Joey says:

    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.

  107. Avatar Will says:

    And the troll wins again

  108. Avatar Fidget says:

    Female is an adjective. And is appropriate when discussing the “female longsword etc”

    But for the headline, it should have emphatically been Woman. Period. Full stop.

    A woman won. Not a female. Female is a quantifier. And is largely used as a stand alone term when attempting to belittle the subject the sentance isn’t bothering to name at all. You dont use other adjectives as stabd alone nouns because you grasp that adjectives are a part of a whole, not the whole. No one says an old won the race. Or a skinny won the race, etc. Though we do see adjectives like color or race used as standalones, also with same effect. To belittle.

    Whether author intended that or not is moot point. The impact of word choice resonates with everyone that reads it. And men who feel the need to defend the word choice instead of listening are endlessly tedious. When will y’all realize women dont care what you think about in regards to issues that don’t directly impact you? Must be nice to have lived entire life convinced your opinion is valid and worthy, no matter how limited it is.

    Anywho. If the article is meant to be respectful to the woman who won? The headline needs an edit. Simple edit. Doesnt even require an explanation. Just do it. Because ising female as a noun registers as belittling to some, whole using the proper noun doesn’t. Seems like a fairly easy to grasp and appreciate concept. Even for tiny minds.

  109. Avatar Cassandra says:

    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.

  110. Avatar David says:

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

  111. Avatar Tristan says:

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

  112. Avatar Piper says:

    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.

  113. Avatar David Argall says:

    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.

  114. Avatar mac says:

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

  115. Avatar Jubal says:

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

  116. Avatar SomeoneinKansas says:

    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

  117. Avatar Todd says:

    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.

  118. Avatar The Morgan says:

    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.

  119. Avatar VB says:

    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.

  120. Avatar Patrick Bateman says:

    Brienne of Tarth is real?

  121. Avatar PhotoJoe says:

    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.

  122. Avatar Michelle Ayres says:


  123. Avatar Dawn says:

    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.

  124. Avatar Kaz says:

    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. 🙂

  125. Avatar deirdre says:

    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)

  126. Avatar Nyarlathotep says:

    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.

  127. Avatar kent says:

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

  128. Avatar John Evans says:

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

  129. Avatar Jes says:

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

  130. Avatar nell says:

    How bout this: Hot Female wins…..

  131. Avatar Ela says:


  132. Avatar Rascal says:

    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.)

  133. Avatar chrissy says:

    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 >>>

  134. Avatar Blair says:

    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?

  135. Avatar lindsey says:

    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.

  136. Avatar Jon says:

    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.

  137. Avatar Kumoichi says:

    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.

  138. Avatar Michelle Ayres says:

    Brava, ma’am.

  139. Avatar Kimbo says:

    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! 🙂

  140. Avatar El Hacedor says:

    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.

  141. Avatar Michelle Ayres says:

    well in my view as a feminist, I find the eye rolling comment based on your opinion about folks (mainly women folks) involved in any discussion regarding gender equality, yes even the discussion regarding sexual biology and gender labels, as somehow giving Feminism a bad name, troubling. The discussion is not really about using female Vs woman or male Vs Man. The real issue is why the article needs gender identification at all to applaud a great achievement of a woman that is perceived by patriarchy to be more or less a “man’s” event.

  142. Avatar Rjaye says:

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

  143. Avatar SwordGrrl says:

    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.

  144. Avatar Rebecca says:

    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.)

  145. Avatar stargene says:

    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.

  146. Avatar Elliot says:

    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.

  147. Avatar Thomas says:

    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.

  148. Avatar fighterchic says:

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

  149. Avatar Michelle Ayres says:

    True. LOL. It seems the author (male) was more interested in the fact that the winner was a girl! WOW, a girl can do that, a girl is just as skilled as a boy. WOW, women can win such an event on their own. WOW I thought only scantily clad girls were badasses in video games, comics or movies. (most dudes (when playing female characters) play characters with big boobs, not much armor etc…). WOW! Don’t get me wrong, I think it is cool that he thought her achievement great enough in his eyes that he wanted to write an article, and I appreciated the links to those fascinating books. Maybe he could have been less a dude when describing how awesome he thought the girl was, from his patriarchal viewpoint and more into describing Samantha Swords.

  150. Avatar JystinAwesome says:

    Would “Male wins clothe washing competition” be offensive?

  151. Avatar brainhurt & fear says:

    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.

  152. Avatar Some dude with a sword says:

    Thank God she didn’t use a Broadsword!

  153. Avatar Holly says:

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

  154. Avatar Carl K says:

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

  155. Avatar stjo cp says:

    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.

  156. Avatar Char Grainger says:

    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.

  157. Avatar nobody's perfect says:

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

  158. Avatar veritas says:

    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.

  159. Avatar fighterchic says:

    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.

  160. Avatar Thomas D says:

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


  161. Avatar AC says:

    Why not just use her name instead of girl/woman/female. The focus should be her skills and victory, not her gender and sex appeal.

  162. Avatar Seraphina says:

    This is a great demonstration of “I CAN” Great to see media attention to her skills. To bad all the negative posts totally destroyed the smile on my face.

  163. Avatar Andy says:

    I have been shaking my head at many of the previous comments. All I can say is Samantha is AWESOME! I have a sword collection myself as a medieval enthusiast and bagpiper (As well as a college instructor). These tools are not easy to wield. Great work!

  164. Avatar Shoreline says:

    Her name is Samantha Swords. Shouldn’t the headline be “Modern Day Knight: Samantha Swords Wins Longsword Competition At World Invitational Tournament” ? That’s how the headline would read if ‘John Swords’ won. Geerkocracy get your act together.

  165. Avatar Annaliese Eaton says:

    The real-life Brienne of Tarth……Congrats to her 🙂

  166. Avatar Chris says:

    What a babe! I love strong women. And swords! Are you married?
    Age is just a number, Samantha! 😀

  167. Avatar Cris says:

    Its a Joke?, How many masters of martial arts are in the world?, in 5 seconds dead this girl in a real combat!, what the fuck whit stupid news like this!

  168. Avatar Michael Dominguez says:

    Are you guys serious? This woman is an amazing talent who has mastered an exceedingly deadly skill, and you’re bickering over grammar. Get over yourselves! It isn’t about you or your feelings, it’s about celebrating this woman’s achievement. Honestly, no one cares about your opinions as you weren’t the ones paid to write this article. The one who did used whatever words he thought appropriate and that’s the end of it. Instead of spending this entire post debating what is and is not proper grammar why not pay homage to this warrior who worked so hard for her achievement? Good on you, Miss Swords! You are a rare human indeed.

  169. Avatar Michelle Ayres says:

    “are you guys” serious. LOL that’s right lump us all under the “male” term. For sure the article should have been focused on her achievement. It was more or less. The headline however, pure click bait tool dependent on how we perceive gender constructs in our patriarchal society.

  170. Avatar Codi Willard, Yes i am a man/male/boy/human being. says:

    All y’all so damn petty, woman/female/girl, who cares!? Yes, the winner of the competition was a girl/female/woman, but can we just focus, just for a second, on the sole fact that people still practice this fighting style, and not simply for cosplay/l.a.r.p. Applications. I mean, that, in & of itself, is pretty damn amazing. I mean, c’mon guys. Not every single article or video or anything of that sort is created to cause a bigot-feminist-meninist (no, i did not just make up meninist, it is a page on facebook, look it up.) blood feud. Feminists’, y’all claim equality and all that, yet y’all more focused on the fact that the author may or may not have used the wrong word to identify the subject of the article/video instead of the point of the article/video, which is, in case you forgot, that SHE WON A FUCKING LONG SWORD COMPETITION!!!! That’s pretty damn bad ass in my book, guy or girl. And that, ladies, gentlemen, and idiots, is just the view of someone is apparently one of the very few neutral/non-argumentative people that has observed this previously (before everybody fucked it up by not keeping their trap shut) awesome article. Thank you.

  171. Avatar Michelle Ayres says:

    clearly you do not understand the definition of Feminism. It means gender equality. It doesn’t mean holding up women to the male ideal of what it means to be strong, male, a warrior, equal etc… I think it is awesome that she won the competition based on her skill. I would have the same opinion if the winner was a man. Honestly though, we wouldn’t be reading this article if the winner was a man – the headline is pure click bait based on our response to persevered gender constructs in our society, I might add, a patriarchal society. I disagree, Samantha Swords is awesome, and so is her amazing skill, the article not so much.

  172. Avatar Getta Grip says:

    I’m absolutely stunned. Not just by this girl who has worked to acquire absolutely amazing skills and abilities, but also by the hoards PC zombies who totally ignore the content of the article. Talk about throwing out the baby (girl) with the bathwater! Great article, and terrific example of hard work, concentration and dedication leading to superior abilities. Imagine the human potential lost by nearly an entire generation that concentrates on perceived disadvantages to the point of achieving bland nothingness.

  173. Avatar BelaZaphyre says:

    As another female athlete, YES the way this article is written is sexist and dehumanizing. The author could have used her NAME multiple times as is normally done when articles are written about male athletes, and still gotten the point across since she has a traditionally female name, “Samantha.” But no, instead the author uses “girl,” “female,” and “woman,” as if she is no more than the sum of her reproductive parts, and only uses her given name ONCE, again reinforcing the objectification and dehumanization of a woman who achieves something.

  174. Avatar Michelle Ayres says:

    Agreed! It seems the author was more intrigued that the athlete was a woman in a sport he views as being male dominated. AND by a male writing about her and her achievements, it is even more credible and awesome, cause the dude says so.

  175. Avatar Tom-Eric Halvorsen Jobi says:

    Please change teh title to “Modern Day Knight: Samantha Swords Wins Longsword Competition At World Invitational Tournament”

    Some woman won… who? I know the article says but that’s crap to boil her down to her sex.

  176. Avatar Laura Gardner says:

    As a woman, I frankly became annoyed by the overwhelming comments blasting the nomenclature used to describe this wicked cool, bada** woman. What I wanted to know, and couldn’t find anywhere in the main report or comments, is whether her sword (being specially designed by her to match her fighting style) was different in weight from her competitors. Is there a standard weight these swords must meet? If so, even more amazing considering her size and slightly different body style (so to speak). Wow. Great job, Samantha!

  177. Avatar Peter says:

    Wow. Such a sad pathetic pc world we live in…. Be happy for young Samantha & stop being egotistical douchebags.

  178. Avatar Allen Hughes says:

    Why are people getting so but hurt about the use of the word female? In the government professional world we refer to men and women as males and females all of the time and no one bats an eye. Just because you are not used to hearing it, does not make it a negative thing. Secondly, the fact that the author does not use her name often in the article is probably far less of that individual’s bias on the matter and much more about driving the point that a woman has won a well deserved championship and made history. Stop overlooking and reading into contexts that aren’t there. If a woman author has said “a man after my own ‘geek heart” no one would have said shit about sexism.

  179. Avatar Michelle Ayres says:

    that’s because there is no such thing as reverse sexism. The point of the “butt hurt” is the very fact that the (male) author chose to use descriptive terms, female, girl etc… rather than her name – that is pure sexism and misogynistic (even if he didn’t intend to be so). People you refer to are in the majority female. Why is it so important to this male author and some of the male commenters that the winner was female? The reason the terms male, man, boy are not deemed demeaning is because those terms, as viewed in our patriarchal society, are positive, leading, strong, “natural” Female/woman are viewed as negative, weak, soft, “super-natural” (wo-MAN) (fe-MALE), Yes, it matters to us women, our human language, gender roles, gender identity, history (HIS-tory) were designed by men who excluded women’s input or importance. (this is a historical fact) That is why many men do not understand when women get all “butt hurt” when we are refereed to as a descriptive biological or gender term rather than our names. We are property no longer, we are no longer ruled by our husbands, fathers, or brothers, we have identity that is inherently our own and not given to us by men. Feminism definition is about this very thing – gender equality. You men have that, we do not, yet. Peace.

  180. Avatar Pacifica says:

    Could we get some video of her fighting?! Duh….

  181. Avatar James says:

    Hint guys- if she’d have been male this wouldn’t have been worth writing about- hence the repeated use of the word female to bump the post in search engines and ranking algorithms. Do you honestly have no idea how the internet works? take your virtue signalling and head back to the early 80’s if you don’t like it. Jeez.

  182. Avatar Emily Hollister says:

    Semantics and politics aside, she proved herself an awesome competitor and a great person to learn medieval longsword from. Acknowledge that and move on!

  183. Avatar Emily Hollister says:

    Pretty sure if the article were optimized for search results, there would be major body parts involved. Virtue signalling sounds either steampunk or mid 80s in concept.

  184. Avatar Ben says:

    Wow what a sequence of events.A woman wins a sword fighting contest.A man writes an article about her achievement.More people go crazy and get hung up about the way the article is written than actually saying well done woman ,lady,female,girl,Samantha for being a good strong rolemodel for women and girls everywhere and thanks mister geek male, man,sir,boy,etc etc for bringing it to our attention. The point is everyone and anyone can and probably will be offended by something but it won’t kill you unless you are mortally allergic to being with it and just admire the woman for her achievements in life.

  185. Avatar Stevie Nichts says:

    Okay, the article was poorly written — not everyone is a Hemingway — but you lot are so busy stupidly bickering that you don’t give a toss about her ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Get a life! Get over yourselves!

    To the “As a woman” commentator: Well, there you go, bringing gender into it. A lot of others on this page can now begin hating on YOU as well. 😉

    Oh, and “as a woman,” if you want to know more about her weaponry, etc, that you “couldn’t find anywhere in the main report or comments” — really? Ever hear of Google? She’s actually quite well-known in her niche hobby. She’s even, gasp, on Facebook!

    And finally… did no one grok her surname? One might wonder whether that had anything to do with her choice of hobby.

  186. Wow! There are longsword competitions! I am fascinated by he concept of bringing back the warrior arts of the middle ages in a safe, competitive atmosphere. I am very glad that the competition allows both men and women to fight against each other, and it is noteworthy that a female fighter proved herself as good and even better than all the other competitors!

  187. Avatar dlander says:

    Why does her armor have breasts? The crease between them is a sure way to channel a hit right where you don’t want it channeled. Somewhere, which, if it does penetrate, will penetrate somewhere seriously injurious, instead of deflecting the blow away.

  188. Avatar Ray Ficara says:

    “Martial Arts” means “Arts of War”. That covers everything from hand to hand to riflery and archery. In her style speed beats brute strength. Look at that light FAST champion wore down the “Mountain” in G of T.

  189. Avatar Kelly Grey says:

    So, she wins the competition. Rather than discuss the achievement in the comments section, it is hijacked by feminists to discuss how dehumanised they feel. Bravo!

    Nothing celebrates this woman’s accomplishment more than making us read how hurt your feelings are by the word girl. I am sure Samantha (remember her?) Is very proud to have worked so hard and overcome many difficult challenges in order to provide you the platform to discuss your feelings.

  190. Avatar Kim Hornby says:

    It so reminds me of the Heather Dale Song – One of Us.

    I think it’s wonderful and we should applaud Samantha’s achievements. I don’t know her and yet I have an odd sense of pride

  191. Avatar Wicce of the West says:

    Since this is making the rounds again, I just wanted to point out that Samantha has since come out as a trans man, so the gender descriptors are probably moot at this point. Still a great accomplishment, and she was a wizard with the sword at the time and he still is.

    I think someone mentioned this, but while pop culture is used to the term being associated with the far East, “martial arts” is a term of European origin coming from “arts of Mars,” the Roman God of war. It was first used to describe European fighting styles. Just fyi.

    Geek on. 🙂

  192. Avatar Todd Bradley says:

    Thanks for the update. It does put the article – and especially most of these comments – in a new light.

  193. Avatar Shane says:

    I thought she was badass and beautiful.
    I wish they had shown her fighting. That would be awesome to see.

  194. Avatar R says:

    I am very disappointed by the writer. The words woman and female are not technically interchangeable. So to be grammatically correct it should be ‘woman’ wins championship in the title. Female is used correctly in the first sentence of the piece itself. This leads to a lot of people not liking the actual article, which is a good one. Samantha Swords, a woman, won the world long sword competition at the invitational tournament. This is a totally awesome thing! I am completely amazed and happy for the news that a woman did this – she made a goal, she worked for it, she achieved it. That is what this thread should be about, not the writer’s use of adjective vs. noun and how it seems to reflect the misogynistic attitudes of far too many people.

  195. Avatar LaRock says:

    *She* is a tranny which means IT’S A MAN!

  196. Avatar LaRock says:

    HE..It’s a tranny

  197. Avatar Bex Cattran says:

    How about you just say Samantha swords wins… Rather than reducing it to a gender. Ffs.

  198. Avatar DannyJane says:

    I appreciate her skill and reaching recognition for it. My issue is with the writer of this article, “FEMALE wins…” What is this “FEMALE” bullshit? What…are we now all Ferengi or something? The writer has severe issues. Can we call it D&D, as in Demeaning and Disrespectful? The appropriate thing to say would be “WOMAN wins….” Anything else is demeaning or outright insulting.

  199. Avatar Rhiannon (female woman) says:

    If you really want to make a difference, spend less time complaining and more time going out into the world and for eg: learning how to be really good with a sword. Trust me, it will change more minds than the ridiculous argument spewed forth in this comment section.

  200. Female? What an odd name.

    Oh, a boy wrote this. Here’s an idea: when you’re researching a piece, remember the “who” in Who, What, Why, When, Where and How. Then you might want to take a class in getting a clue.

    And before you get red-faced over my use of “boy” in this comment, check how many times you used “girl” in your piece.

  201. Avatar Daisy says:

    This has been a fascinating read.

  202. Avatar Katherine Coutanche says:

    Words are important. Our experiences influence the words we choose to use.

    Men speak from centuries of power and privilege. Women speak from centuries of oppression. When it comes to who has the right to determine what is and isn’t appropriate language, the oppressed win hands down. Every. Single. Time.

  203. Avatar Joe says:

    Sam Swords is not a ”female”, He is a man. Bad article is bad.

  204. Avatar Rich says:

    I can’t wait to see all the articles about “Florida males.”

  205. Avatar Get Real says:

    The sheer stupidity of all of this. A man who decided to be a woman wins a competition and receives the accolades of being a female/girl/she/whatever but instead of recognizing that this isn’t an actual biological female…people complain about which dipshit pronoun is being used. This isn’t a role model for your daughter, this is a man who took what your daughter might have striven to work for.

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