Vikings: The Real Vikings (by historychannel)

The Takeaway:

  • The Vikings raped and pillaged with a sense of morality.
  • They respected women (in their full-blooded, rapey sort of way).
  • They left their DNA all over the world (but they must have mopped up afterward, because they were preoccupied with being clean and, of course, with presentation).

Which is not to say that I don’t love the show! I do. But in real life, I might not have enjoyed a chance viking encounter, holding as I do to a somewhat higher standard of respect for women).

(via Viking Shield Maidens Video – Vikings –

I want to be a viking woman: kickass and girly! But I have mixed feelings about the numbers. The hot warrior-to-shield maiden ratio is like 100:1. For Saturday nights in the thatched roof village pubs, it could be kind of awesome (provided the warriors remember to be proper gentlemen); but for everything else, the women seem a bit underrepresented.