A man without a woman is like a fish without water

The assumption we generally make is that reducing female character to nothing but love interests objectifies women. But I’m going to tackle this issue from the other side, and ask what it says about men. If a man has an exciting fulfilling life, running around catching spies or diffusing bombs, or winning on Wall Street […]

When did feminism become something to be ashamed of?

In the eighties, people were talking about women stepping up to the plate. Women were competing in the work place, and “studies” by the infamous “they” (you know, the “they” who says eggs are bad/good for you this week) popped up right and left to let women know having a job caused miscarriages, there was […]

Do men see women differently…

…and is that part of the problem when they write female characters badly? I’m going to tell you at the start that my answer is “no”. But I think the question had to be asked, after I gave some more thought to the Are We Jeaolus? topic raised the other day. I got to thinking […]

Discussion question – When you see stereotypes

Imagine you’re watching a TV show or film. A male character runs to his car as he’s being pursued by someone or something. As soon as he reaches the car, he drops his keys, and the time he spends scrabbling around for them gives whatever was chasing him time to catch up. Do you think: […]

Are we jealous?

This was originally posted by Nialla at a Stargate forum, and I’m reposting it here with her permission. I’ve edited some Stargate-specific bits from it, because it’s very relevant to the issue of how females are portrayed in sci-fi, generally. In another forum (general Sci Fi, not SG only) a few months back, I complained […]

Confessions of a Fiction Writer

When I issue a challenge, I make sure I’m prepared to meet it myself. The challenge this blog presents is: write quality women characters already. It’s not that difficult. And here’s my confession: I do find it somewhat difficult. I’m female. I’m a writer. I believe that when you get right down to it, there […]