To be Female in SciFi

More often that not the average person will consider the term “science fiction” and conjure up images of a distant reality in which flying cars, hologram advertisements, and a city full of modern, aerodynamic buildings that allow for people to park their flying car right in the window next to their cubicle in the office. While this isn’t far from the truth about most science fiction media, the future seems to hold darker things in store for women. Typically, the reader or viewer is thrown decades or centuries into the future and after society has continued to evolve one thing remains: women are shown as sex symbols, are used as sex objects, and are shown half naked time and time again in the media. This reoccurring theme brings up the question, should women feel doomed to a lifetime of suppression and expect that the future will still have sexism or outlets for pedophilia and rape? Is that the future men in sci/fi have in mind?

            Multiple pieces of science fiction film will show how women are oversexualized in this genre. 

Her, produced by Spike Jonze and released in 2013 follows Theodore, is about a man who falls in love with an OS system named Samantha.

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Bladerunner 2049, released in 2017, directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, follows K, an android through his daily operations and missions.

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Wall-E, released in 2008, produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures, showcases the odd love story of one robot left to clean up the Earth and the robot who’s sent to explore it.

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Black Mirror, a British television show created by, Charlie Brooker, and aired in 2011, showcases many different situations that could be made realities in the future.

(Click picture for an in depth look into one of Black Mirror’s episodes: Striking Vipers.)

The Handmaid’s Tale, created by Bruce Miller, first aired in 2017. Handmaid’s Tale is based of the novel with the same name, written by Maragret Atwood in 1985, and follows a woman through a dystopian world in which women have no rights.

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Click the picture for a look at a few other pieces of science fiction media that portray female characters in an over sexualized manner.

Through the analysis of multiple pieces of science fiction media it is clear that women or female intensities are portrayed in an over sexualized manner and are viewed as sex objects. All of the pieces discussed happened to be written or produced by males and show women being created for the purposes of serving a mans every need, including sexual. This portrayal of women negatively impacts todays viewers as well as future viewers. As media continues to show women in this way, more women will continue to hold onto the false belief that to be attractive or wanted by men means they must be provakotively dressed or give a man his every desire.

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