Weapons Are Unladylike
Using a weapon is a sign that she is more of a tomboy and less of a girly girl
[Note: Ladygem has stated that this is Up for Grabs. It was the more narrow, Tomboys Know Archery.] A Proper Lady isn't a Lady of War. It doesn't matter how graceful of a weapon it is. Even if she's The Archer with a male companion who's a close range fighter, the people around her, probably parents, will have the expectation that a gentlewoman shouldn't be fighting. She doesn't care. It makes her feel like a strong and capable Action Girl. She probably thinks that Real Women Never Wear Dresses too. She might be seen as a Tomboy of her setting.
- In Brave, Merida is rarely seen without her bow, much to the dismay of her mother, who doesn't approve of ladies having weapons.
- In Princess of Thieves Robin Hood's daughter wants to fight against Prince John with him wants but he wants her to stay home where it's safe.
- In the Hunger Games series, Katniss is skilled with a bow, doesn't seem to like the idea of dresses or romance, and is terrified of appearing weak.
- In the first episode of Game of Thrones, Arya shows Bran up at a archery. Though she later switches to swordplay, this serves as a very early indication of her rebellious spirit.
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