Xena: Warrior Princess pretty much tethered me to a reality that wasn’t validated by main stream media or my abusive home environments.
In a real world way I thought - wow this show proves that women can be the main character of an on screen production, do cool shit and not live life compromising authentic self for the incompetent violence of men, also not allow said violence happen to other women by looking the other way.
Skilled, powerful, flipping ninja flips, leather, sharp things, going on adventures with trusty evolving and capable blond side kick. With assistance from variously talented friends from time to time. The alluring intimacy between two female leads.
Partnership, interdependence, team work, overcoming adversity and so forth. Defeating bad guys, stopping the suffering of innocents in practical and direct ways.
I was so excited for new episodes to come one every Saturday on broadcast TV.
Its deep subconscious reason I have little conscious resistance to anything a Xena viby lady would put out there (good for obvious Teal teaching applications, not so good in some overlay situations of shady ladies of the past)
Much like Xena, Gabriel and their crew I learned and adapt to beat the monsters, warlords and evil gods, some in the outside world, now mostly in the inside world!
I found myself identifying and being different characters at different times. Ah the good old days.