One of my favorite scenes in AMC’s new hit The Walking Dead involves a group of women sitting by the water, washing laundry and conversing in the easy banter of eternal sisterhood. The scene is timeless. It could be a group of women from any culture, speaking any language. It just rings true.
Their banter is heartwarming …. and, ummmmm, well?
“I miss my vibrator.”
… And judging from the types of men likely to be available (more on this in a later post), I’m gonna say your friendly neighborhood vibrator is a packing necessity
*runs to make a quick addition to pre-packed disaster bag*
In the subsequent episode two of the survivor group’s women provide a tasty meal – after having gone fishing for the day.
That started me thinking … I know, I know, “uh-oh”
What is it about women that would make us more likely to survive in a zombie apocalypse?
NUTURE – We do it. We can’t help it. When the going gets tough – we hug. Now this might not seem like a vital survival skill at first glance, but there is more to survival than just physical wellbeing. Trust me, when the bodies start piling up you’ll be racing for the nearest pair of open arms that don’t smell of rotting flesh.
SACRIFICE – We live it – gladly. I don’t know a single female who has not willingly made sacrifices for the children, relatives and friends she loves. This willingness to put other before ourselves is noble and a vital component to retaining survivor humanity in the weeks, months and years after a cataclysmic event.
(And, no, this does not preclude the famous you-are-on-my-trip-list-to-escape strategy. #justsayin)
FIERCE – Ever seen a lioness protect her cubs? ‘nuff said.
HOUSEKEEPING – Back at The Walking Dead water scene, one of the ladies makes a quip about the division of labor. But the truth is most females are programmed to “nest” – ie. to turn even the crappiest living spaces into a “home.” Unfortunately that also means – and I can’t quite believe I am going to say this publicly – that, yes, we’re likely to be picking up after the men of the group because we just. can’t. stand. the. clutter.
PAIN – We give birth to children. We get the monthly deluge. We can withstand anything.
PROVIDERS – Not only can many of us fish or build a basic animal trap, but we can make a meal out of anything….just ask the average mother of three crafting a dinner plan the night before pay-day.
TENACITY – Yeah, we have a tendency to scream. So what? When the world goes to sh*t over the span of a few hours, women have proven time and time again, that panic, despair and tears are a temporary response. It is the women who emerge calm, focused and ready to rebuild the world, one family at a time. Doubt me? Ask the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami or the recent Pakistani floods.
So, ladies, what would you add?
And gentlemen – feel free to propose counter arguments …
my crossbow is loaded!
And as a squeee worthy follow up?
The Walking Dead cast member Anthony Guajardo had this to add:
Originally from: http://twitter.com/AnthonyGuajardo/status/8614775516823552