One of the coolest visuals in Wonder Woman was when Diana went to a party concealing her sword down the back of her dress. It was both sexy and badarse, and it’s inspired some women to slide blades down their own ballgowns. Sure, it looks awesome. But fellow Amazonians, that’s how you’re going to die.
AUF WIDERSEHEN GOODBYEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Using the hashtag #WWgotyourback, several dozen woman on Instagram and Twitter have been sharing memories of sliding cold steel down their backs, cradling their butts with sharp, pointed edges that could turn any posterior into a rump roast.
And sure, plenty of them promise their blades aren’t sharpened. There are also a few plastic lightsabers and wooden swords in there (even a Keyblade). But I’m sorry, even a dulled blade can slice and dice your spinal column to Kingdom Come if you so much as sneeze the wrong way.
Unless, of course, you’d rather simply chop of your own head.
NO. JUST NO.
There are so many reasons why this photo trend is a terrible idea. It’s stupid and dangerous to put a sword (OR FREAKING KNIVES!) down your back, holding a dangerous weapon in between your shoulder blades… even if it is a replica. It’s impractical from a weaponry standpoint, so there’s no logistical value. It’s also something that would be bad to encourage little girls to emulate, as seen here, because they may not understand they’re not supposed to use real blades. HELL ONE WOMAN EVEN DID OMIGOD I WILL NEVER GET OVER THAT.
And let’s not forget (minor spoilers for the Wonder Woman film): Wonder Woman was wearing her battle gear underneath her dress. You see her rip off the dress when she heads to the village, fully dressed underneath. She had a thick leather buffer zone between her skin and the ice-cold blade of death. None of the women I’ve seen so far have taken that precaution.
At the very least, you’re probably going to wreck your outfit. In the worst circumstance, you will have fled this mortal coil for no other reason than thinking it’s cool to ram a sword down your skirt. Save it for the cosplay — and stick with foam, please.