The United States Air Force gives advice on military procedure, weaponry, uniforms, etc., to the producers of Stargate SG-1, a show which spent the last three seasons (prior to nine) featuring Sam Carter in Wonder Bras and non-regulation skin-tight tank tops. I assumed for a long time the producers were conveniently ignoring the Air Force liaison when it came to such topics as “what to dress our hot leading lady in”, but now that I’ve realized just how heavily the Air Force advertises on Stargate, driving record numbers of new enlistments, I’m wondering something else:
Is wholesome sexbot Sam, the beautiful perfect chick who inexplicably desires dorky old coot Jack, an inducement to potential male Air Force recruits? Is the message “Join us, and find out why having chicks in the military isn’t a bad thing, wink, nudge”?
No, I don’t feel the least bit guilty suggesting the Air Force might pimp a female character to drive recruits. Not after the latest rapefest at the Air Force Academy that’s sometimes featured in Stargate. Not after reading about Air Force General Counsel Mary Walker happily betrayed women by hiding rape charges from Pentagon officials, putting their plausible deniability over the rights of female recruits to seek justice as compensation for these crimes.
Naturally, in Stargate the only person who ever says anything remotely sexist to Sam is a civilian astrophysicist. There are hints of sexism from Jack early on – or maybe it’s just that he doubts a scientific specialist officer can have the field skills he requires – but the Air Force clearly gets no bad press from this show. No hint that someone like Sam might ever have had to fend off a rape, or even endure a nasty remark.
No, clearly, we are seeing the Air Force’s own fantasy of what the Air Force is. Is Wonderbra and Spandex Sam the Air Force’s ideal female officer? You bet your sweet bippy, boys.