“So why do you write these strong female characters ?”
“Because you’re still asking me that question.” – Joss Whedon, Equality Now speech 2006
There are many ways in which magic and science fiction are the same. If you are a fan you don’t need anyone to tell you this. Both worlds allow us to change, transform, escape, explore ourselves and others. Magic is religion. A religion as old as time. Science Fiction is it’s baby cousin born of a new world, and a new unknown tomorrow. Exploration of other cultures eventually led to outer space. This led to discoveries and fantasies we never could have dreamed of before. As my girls used to say when they were little, “what are we finding?” In the cosmos there are spaceships and aliens, captains and robots, and everything else in our wildest imagination. One of the things we see most often, especially in the Science fiction of the last 50 years is a predominance of powerful women. The Sci-Fi ‘verse is one of those unique domains where women fortunately rule the roost.
This feminine rule comes in many different guises. There are wise hostesses like Guinan, sacred and sensual companions like Inara and Number 6, and tough and ballsy captains like Ripley and Janeway. No one wants to tangle with these ladies. They are powerful and infinitely wise. They have become cultural icons for women everywhere. We’ve come a long way baby. Thank the Goddess.
Tell It Like It Is
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