Originally Posted: Sep. 18th, 2006
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Summary: There are some things the Tauri will have to unlearn.
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At first she didn’t understand why ‘beaten by a girl’ was supposed to insult.
When she asked they defended the phrase in embarrassed sidesteps, insisting that ‘girls’ were weaker, more fragile, meant to be protected from battle, not embraced by it. It confused her, yet females in their military seemed content to draw the same distinctions, identifying themselves as somehow superior to the norm. Elizabeth explained, as best she could, why anyone would seek the luxury of uselessness, but their assumption most females were unsuited, uninterested, in combat was frightening.
What kind of people knowingly threw half their weaponry away?