My Two (Horror) Moms: An Ode to Ripley and Sarah

Dani Bethea
7 min readMar 9, 2022

…modulations on a theme…

Photo courtesy of LUCYFXR, Spotify, 2017.

đź—ŁBefore you scroll, please be sure to watch the attached video clips, and prepare to WOW to the nth power.

Andrea Thompson, Strongwoman, Mom extraordinaire.
Chloe Brennan, Strongwoman, tiny but mighty.
Tamara Walcott, Strongwoman, proud Mother of two.

These record-breaking feats of strength and many many more were on display at the Arnold Strongwoman 2022 competition in Columbus, Ohio. The stats across the weekend of March 4–6 of competition were jaw-dropping…and these women are only going to get bigger, stronger, and faster in these events.

I’ve written about my affinity for all things muscle, especially as it relates to queerness, identity, and self-actualization in previous pieces over the years, but I never delved at length into the first pop-cultural juggernauts who displayed physical and mental feats of strength that kept baby Dani glued to their VHS tapes…



Dani Bethea

Horror Sommelier & Pop Culture Pontificator. Prev EIC: We Are Horror. Published: Studies In the Fantastic + Women of Jenji Kohan + Montréal Monstrum Society .