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Elizabeth Moon’s new novel Cold Welcome is a sci-fi thriller about a space fleet commander unexpectedly thrown into a life-or-death situation with an untested crew. It’s the first space opera that Moon has written since her Serrano’s Legacy novels wrapped up about a decade ago.
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“I have a cold mind and a warm heart, whereas most people have cold, troubled hearts and warm, muggy minds, which they mistake for sincere feelings.”
― James Tiptree Jr.
Science fiction has a reputation for being a field that has traditionally been entirely dominated by white heterosexual cisgender men, both in terms of its writers and its protagonists. It’s a reputation that the whole field has been working very hard to leave behind. One often wonders (at least, I do,) how it got that […]Read more "One Reason Why Science Fiction Was Traditionally Racist — Maybe"
Just today, Emma Watson was called a “hypocrite” about her feminism because she chose to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair in a revealing (but tasteful) image. There seems to be a conception in popular culture that women must give up their sexuality to be a strong person who is a match for a man, and this trope is perpetuated by right wing traditionalists and second wave feminists both.
One of the most potent ways in which women have been subjugated in history is by means of controlling their sexuality. If feminism were about equality and opportunity, shouldn’t a woman’s sexual choices be celebrated?
Instead, we must make women into “ice princesses” before we’ll take them seriously. We still slut-shame in our culture, but now, we claim that women who choose to celebrate their sexuality can be neither strong, nor actually a feminist.
As this author points out, this trope has carried into modern science fiction and continues to be a staple. Women do not have to be one or the other. Perhaps it’s time we gave it a sharply-pointed stiletto boot.
Have you noticed how the supporting females roles in science fiction television and movies have been portrayed, especially over the last 60 years? I found myself wondering what was going on. Female characters like T’Pol in Star Trek: Enterprise, and Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager were rendered as highly sexualized but with limited emotional range. T’Pol was a member of the famously emotionally controlled Vulcans, and Seven of Nine had her human emotions stripped away by the Borg. It seems that science fiction liked to portray females as nearly unattainable beauties with limited gender socialization.
This treatment, of female characters, has existed since the early days. In the movie Forbidden Planet (1956), the alluring Altaira is naive and inexperienced with gender relationships. She does not know what a kiss is, and must be taught by the male crew of the spaceship. Mission Stardust (1967), introduced the…
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Star Songs of An Old Primate by James Tiptree Jr. My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read for the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge, the Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge, and the Collections! Reading Challenge at Worlds Without End. Two of the novellas in this collection were also counted towards similar, but not the […]Read more "Book Review: Star Songs of an Old Primate by James Tiptree Jr."