Just some brief brainstorming as I work on my write-up for Ross Rocklynne’s “The Bubble Dwellers”…
The depiction of women in “classic” science fiction film is radically different from the depiction of women in the pulps. You might even say the gulf is astounding. ::rimshot::
I can’t remember the names of all the bad black and white sci-fi flicks from the 50s I’ve watched with my dad, but for some reason while Hollywood was content to again and again show us shrieking lady scientists who are told by some square-jaw that they’re wrong about something (even when they were right) because they were a woman, science fiction writers in the magazines were cranking out all kinds of badass babes of whom Princess Leia was a cut-rate knock-off.
If you go just by what you’d see in the movies, you could easily conclude that old sci-fi was kind of stupid and bad and all the women were shrill Faye Wrays in need of rescuing. That could not be further from the truth. There have always been kick-ass women in sci-fi, and no, Joss Whedon didn’t invent them.
If anyone says to you “Yeah, but it would be nice to have the woman save the man for a change!” you can tell them that space princesses have been leading armies and cutting their way through enemies with light sabers to save their beloveds since the 1920s.