In response to recent assertions by certain authors and critics that including warrior women, or indeed strong female characters at all, in fantasy fiction is “anti-civilizational” and will somehow lead to the destruction of the western world, I only have this to say:
…For I would hurl your cities down
And I would break your shrines
And give the site of every town
To thistles and to vines.
Higher the walls of Nineveh
And prouder Babel’s spires-
I bellowed from the desert way-
They crumbled in my fires.
For all the works of cultured man
Must fare and fade and fall
I am the Dark Barbarian
That towers over all.
-From “A Word from the Outer Dark”, by Robert E. Howard
Now excuse me while I go sharpen my axe. And prepare my pen. I’ve got a civilization to destroy.