XENA-Warrior Princess  

starlight_runner 40F
817 posts
8/11/2005 11:39 am

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XENA-Warrior Princess

In June 2001, Lucy Lawless, star of the cult hit Xena: Warrior Princess, validated legions of the series' dedicated lesbian and bisexual fans when she publicly outed her character on Late Night With Conan O’Brien while promoting the two-hour finale after a successful six year run.

Lawless told O’Brien that it was watching this episode that made her alter ego’s sexual orientation finally clear to her:

"Actually, you know, there was always an element of doubt in my mind, it was … it didn't matter to the way I played the role. So if the audience chose to see it or not … but I saw it [the finale] for the first time last night and I went home and said to my husband [Xena Executive Producer Rob Tapert], "you've outed my character. I just ... I can't believe I'm saying this. I didn't run this by anybody, but I don't think there's any doubt in my mind anymore."

The character of Xena first appeared in 1995 as an evil warlord in a three episode arc of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The tough warrior woman turned fighter for the greater good was popular enough to garner her own spin-off series.
By the late 1990s, Xena was the world’s most widely syndicated television program, seen in more than 115 countries, and the inspiration for scores of new female action heroes in TV and film.

Set in ancient Greece, the show featured a flawed superhero with fantastic martial arts-like skills and a dangerous dark side; in short, she was beautiful, sexy and deadly. Her sidekick Gabrielle (played by Rene√© O’Connor) escaped a boring fianc√© and village life to tag along with the warrior princess, and their relationship became the backbone of the show.

The show became a tale of two independent women who traveled the ancient world without the assistance of men, but with plenty of humor, camp, and great sword-fights. Gabrielle’s youth, innocence, and penchant for chatting made her a perfect foil to the more stoic Xena; along the way, Gabrielle grew into quite a fighter herself.

Xena and Gabrielle rescued the weak, righted the wrongs perpetrated by the Greek gods, interacted with historical and mythological figures, and often risked their own lives for the welfare of others--all without boyfriends tagging along. The duo also commonly interacted with the Amazons of lore, a society of women often associated with mythic lesbian history.

But something else soon appeared to distinguish Xena from the rest of the pack for lesbian and bisexual women. The writers, producers and actors began intentionally introducing sexual innuendo and dialog that lesbian audiences could read as desire between women, while the rest of the show’s viewing public wouldn’t necessarily notice a thing, such as this exchange in the second episode of Season 3:

Joxer (looking at Xena’s neck): “Is that a hickey?”
Gabrielle and Xena both turn away with guilty looks.
These hints at a romantic or sexual relationship between the two characters became known as “subtext.”

Mmmmmmmmm Xena-giggles-

expatbrit49 64M

8/11/2005 12:38 pm

LOL she could throw me around anytime

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

tamethytension 56M
2320 posts
8/11/2005 1:39 pm

Xena my Warrior ... how I pined for her in my bronze-age greek fantasies.

There is a great scene from an early episode that recalls her barbarian origins on the steppes of central Asia. Therein she is making use of the attentions of a warlord for whom she may or may not have real feelings. In the scene, within the lord's tent, they both arise from a heated session under the blankets with him still poised over her from behind in an intimate embrace. In the passion of this spent moment, he begins to offer that she has something of his heart. A look of disgust comes across her face ... this is just a little too sappy for her purposes*, as this was all about the sex. But this is where Lawless establishes Xena as a warrior in bed with sex as much as a weapon as her sword. At the moment she realizes her meal ticket turns amorous, she violently shakes her ass, causing her lover to jerk back off her. It was plainly obvious that he had still been inside her, and in no uncertain terms this particular intercourse between them was at an end as was their other negotiations.

I think I fell in love with her sexual power there and then.

And in my many imaginings since, I have been the one to truly tame her ... as futile as that of course would have been. But then it is that unttainable woman that is so alluring to strong men ... perhaps, in part, why lesbian women hold such an appeal for some of us.


PS> The early Xena perceived emotional attachment as a weakness for which she had nothing but disdain. It was part of the character's development that she ultimately let another into her heart ... that being Gabrielle.

tamethytension 56M
2320 posts
8/11/2005 1:42 pm

Oh yes, my dea Starlight,

love the grapes ... I trust they're seedless



rm_luke69iner 49M
3275 posts
8/12/2005 10:40 pm

Battle on Xena
Battle on

S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo

keithcancook 61M
18125 posts
8/14/2005 2:17 pm

LMAO, I knew there was something going on between those two. DUH!

Barbiebunny69 45F

8/26/2005 11:25 am


Starlight wabba play Xena?

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