|Women in Sci-Fi: A trend?
||[Aug. 2nd, 2006|02:09 pm]
the systerhood of the geek girls
Have you noticed an interesting trend with regards to women in sci-fi shows? It seems to me that the most recent crop of science fiction shows are much more gender-balanced and don't seem to have gender=power issues that many of the older shows have.
Eureka, for example. While the lead character is male, he has a female boss. (And his female subordinate has physically overpowered him on more than one occasion.) Surface, while short-lived, was also gender-balanced, with leads of both genders. The 4400 has leads of both genders and a female boss.
It's not just that these programs have actresses in lead roles or show female characters in positions of power; it's that they portray it as a non-issue. There's no feeling of these being 'token' female characters. *coughVoyagercough* Nor are they shows that are wholly gynocentric (like Xena or Dark Angel). They seem to do a better job of realistically representing equality than many of the older shows.