A few months ago I had watched Strikeforce's Tate vs. Rousey fight, only the second women's fight to headline a major fight card. The weigh ins alone had gotten me and a lot of other fight fans excited about this fight.
Rousey had won by armbar, severely dislocating Tate's elbow.
Here's the kicker. Well, there were no kicks. The comments that I had read about the fight, especially from men, were down right dumb.
Most men, and most who are professional fighters, would have tapped much earlier. In fact, I've only seen a few UFC fighters ever pull through something like that. And it's understandable. Tate did everything she could to hold on till the end of the round. As a result, she was medically suspended for her injury. I know if I were in that position, I would have tapped faster than you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I've had joints hyper extended. That don't feel good. Even the Strikeforce commentators, two of whom are retired fighters, stated they were uncomfortable watching the replay.
So why do I mention the toughness of these two women, of all women who fight or compete in what's called a man's world?
When writing NIGHTFALL, I had to make choices about the world I was building. In regards to the sexes, were there just two? If yes, what kind of dichotomies are there that makes them different? In the world of Wonder Woman, her Amazonian sisters were the stronger of the sexes. In my world, the men are stronger and bigger only because this is a story for humans, and I wanted humans to relate to the dichotomy of the sexes because the creatures themselves were so different.
James Cameron was on the Actor's Studio. During a Q&A session, he stated that Neytiri wore a bra because this was a story for human beings.
And due to the warrior society my characters live in, do women have the right to serve in battle next to men? And do I need to show they're deaths just as violently as I show men's if they do?
Just as Tate and Rousey have proved that they can put on exciting fights and make men squeamish, I've explored my own ideas about sexual equalities in my book. And what I have found, especially in one of my characters (which is really just a part of me, right?), is that I do have dichotomies in how women should act, what they should be allowed to do, and even how they should think. These are things that have surfaced as I wrote under the guise of this one female character and has been eye opening. So I was pleasantly surprised to see how aggressive these female fighters were. How they can be more aggressive than some of the male fighters, but also show their feminine qualities outside of the ring.
Because I was having some doubts about how aggressive the women I was portraying could and should be, despite the fact that I ignored those fears.