Xena Goes to Camp: On Feminism, Anachronism, and Subversion
by Valerie Estelle Frankel
Part of the delight of Xena: Warrior Princess comes from its campiness – she duels with swordfish, beats thugs with a diaper, flips and spins without a thought for gravity. Yet hidden within the silly storylines is an immense dose of subversion. As Xena sneakily saves the day, her unrealistic world underscores an idealized reality – one in which women have always outperformed men.