Is an army of women a realistic idea? Not only are men typically stronger and more aggressive but women are more inclined to feud with each other.
My specialty as a writer, artist and game designer is the archetype useless foot soldiers of villainy as female. My heroines, masterminds, elite henchmen and even monsters are usually female but I favor the cannon-fodder baddies; not in the narrative, mind you, but as my inspiration.
Nonentities should never steal the spotlight. The everlasting appeal of the Amazons and Imperial Stormtroopers is unassuming. They are loved for being inglorious.
An army of women is a ridiculous idea… like high-heeled shoes.
Joan of Arc and Lyudmilla Pavlichenko prove that heroines are entirely plausible. As villains Joan of Arc would be a mastermind and Lyudmilla Pavlichenko an elite henchwoman. There are females among the big creatures that eat people so the idea of monsters being female is inarguably sound. There is no genuine army of women to be found in all of credible history.
Female infantry are either border guards or serve alongside men. I am not advocating that women should be employed as combat infantry, mind you. I am merely noting the reality that we may distinguish it from fantasy.
Skimpy uniforms are more realistic than armies of women. The soldiers of many armies wore little more than a loincloth. The Celts fought completely naked, as in barefoot and not even a loincloth.
Skimpy uniforms are the historical reality. Armies of women are sexual fantasy.
I have always found villains sexier than heroes. I respect a heroine for being a champion for truth and justice so I cannot enjoy even the fantasy of her being shamed.
I have always found useless foot soldiers of villainy sexier than masterminds and elite henchwomen. I respect the mastermind for her gumption and the elite henchwoman for her prowess. Though I want them ultimately defeated for being villainous, I cannot enjoy even the fantasy of them being shamed.
Nonentities are unworthy of respect. An insignificant life is unworthy of being celebrated. An inconsequential death is unworthy of being mourned.
The Red Shirts of Star Trek and the Stormtroopers of Star Wars are fictional characters. We humanize them in our imagination and this imagined humanity is their endearing and everlasting appeal. They are ordinary, thus, boring people made interesting by the uniform and agenda of something beyond them personally. Their lives would be uneventful save that the agenda they serve compels them into danger. Though refined by training and well-equipped, ordinary is innately ordinary, unlike a true diamond in the rough.
The useless foot soldiers of villainy, whether male or female, are ideally ordinary human beings serving a villainous agenda. I have a thing for clones, but my clones are entirely human. Their ways are quirky, but thorough conditioning of ordinary people makes the ordinary quirky. The essence of these expendable baddies must be entirely human or else the irony that is their distinct appeal is lost. The inglorious glory of the Amazons and Imperial Stormtroopers proves my point.
The Amazons are the oldest remembered cannon-fodder baddies of human imagination. The few of them named were “bosses” but the nameless many are what made them classical. They were a nation and army of women. Though never sinister, they were antagonists, always.
There is no lasting myth about an army of women being the good guys. Honestly, such a legend would be boring. Seriously: the Asari civilization in Mass Effect would be far more interesting if it was more like that of the Amazons. An army of women bent on conquest is the dominatrix as many… and that is damn sexy.
An army of women is the sexual fantasy of our collective imagination. If it were not so then the Amazons would be known only to a few. Skimpy attire is sexy on comely bodies. Even the prudes admit this claim by denouncing it accordingly. Villains are our guilty pleasure. Why else would the Nazis and Nazi-inspired baddies dominate our entertainment? Expendable baddies inspire when done right. The Amazons and Imperial Stormtroopers prove this irrefutably.
An army of women in skimpy uniforms: I got it right. Enjoy!