I’ve been trying to plan some new articles for this blog, and I thought I’d look back over all of the things I’ve written here, to see if there was anything I wanted to explore in greater depth, or view from a different perspective.
Wow, I sure do write about violent women a lot, don’t I? (Extra credit quiz question: Which of the following characters did I write large research papers about when I was working towards my BA: Clytemnestra, Lady Macbeth, Judith, Jael. Answer: Yes, all of them. Shuddup!)
I can do other things! I swear! Like, for example, I can link to stuff!
First up, here’s an interesting article on “Female scientists on the big screen” by Sidney Perkowitz, over at The Scientist. The differences he points out between the cliched female scientist and the cliched male scientist (in looks and social skills, particularly) are interesting, and I find that every film that I can think of offhand with scientist characters supports his observations. Can you guys think of any counterexamples?
On the subject of academia (loosely, but work with me, here!), it seems that the academic journal Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal will be putting out a themed issue “on the topic of Women and Science Fiction & Fantasy,” and is accepting submissions of papers for publication. Those of you who are scholars may be interested in reading more about it, posted at Feminist SF – The Blog!.
And for those among us who are writers with a more creative bent, my dear friend Karen Healey has recently put together an article on “How To Write An Original Female Lead Character In A Fashion That Doesn’t Drive Karen Crazy“ for her blog Girls Read Comics (And They’re Pissed). She’s talking specifically about writing female characters for superhero comics, but I think her advice can be generalized to most other kinds of fiction.
So there you have it. Links! I hope you find them interesting, and I promise to write something more substantial soon – starting with a series of short articles about the women of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Not all of whom punch people, by the way, in case you were wondering.