Science Fiction Girl

Original art from Just Married #10, 1959.

Original art from Just Married #10, 1959.

I could be wrong, but it seems like women in popular entertainment are more likely to be portrayed as strong, heroic action-oriented characters if the stories are science fiction or fantasy-based.

Buffy, Xena, Wonder Woman, Emma Peal, Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor, Lara Croft, etc.

Why? Is it safer if it’s a fantasy?

↓ Transcript
SCENE: Woman sitting at desk with a pen in her hand.

WOMAN: I’m writing science fiction, so…gosh! Maybe the hero can be a girl!

Art: Vince Colletta
Restoration & Color: Diego Jourdan Pereira

©2013 Last Kiss Inc



  1. Consider the issue from the opposite end. Science fiction writers are, on the whole, more comfortable with the idea of strong women.

    • I agree, Michael!

      • Plus it’s the future…of sex and everything else.

        Gregory Benford

  2. In the real world strong women are often condemned by other women. Called B*tches or worse. Women can be ruthless towards each other.

  3. Joe – It’s why I like the word asshole. It applies to either sex and can be used by either sex.

  4. Uhm, Anne McCaffrey? Restoree? Lessa? Menolly?



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