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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Six: Historical Accuracy

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Six: Historical Accuracy 

This final part of our extended series on gender and stereotypes in fantasy and science fiction will be both a conclusion and a sweeping reflection on what we’ve already examined, but in the context of that one thing many who fail to see the lack importance (and, indeed, those who oppose diverse and inclusive representation […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Five: Bisexuality

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Five: Bisexuality 

When we talk about queer character representation, there’s letters of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum that get left behind, for whatever reason. With Bisexuality Visibility Week’s focus directing the spotlight, now seemed as good a time as any to explore the characters in SFF who identify (or are clearly identifiable) as bisexual. But first, a working definition: […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Three: Balance

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Three: Balance 

Last time we focused entirely on characters drawn from the YA SFF spectrum, visiting authors from Cassandra Clare to Maggie Steifvater and Meagan Spooner/Amie Kaufman. Whilst we’re still not done examining gender and stereotypes in YA, we’re going to swing the spotlight onto more regular fantasy in this instalment. Note that I veer away from […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles 

In the first part of this series we began to explore a couple of points, not least of all the idea that we are creating a new kind of gender mould with our misguided insistence as to what constitutes a “strong female character”. This has two consequences: female characters are still just as stereotyped as […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part One: Strong Women

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part One: Strong Women 

The problem with the new and yet very important desire to portray realistic, strong women with agency, is that some people fixate entirely on the first part of this – the word “strong” – and take it to mean something very specific. In fact, it has created a stereotype in and of itself. One of […]

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Mining the Data: Genre and Gender

Mining the Data: Genre and Gender 

A few weeks ago, publishing savant and all-around Wonder Woman Jane Friedman shared incredibly interesting data she’d collected about debut authors, by genre and gender. Her intent was to examine the question of whether gender was linked to the type of advance a debut author earned. While the insights in that respect are certainly intriguing […]

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Writing Fantasy Gender Stereotypes – Part One: Your Heroine is Too Beautiful

Writing Fantasy Gender Stereotypes – Part One: Your Heroine is Too Beautiful 

I’m not trying to open a can of worms here—I’ll say that right off the bat. I acknowledge that this topic is enormous, complex, and encompasses both a dearth of fantasy literature and gender theory, and I admit I am not an expert on either by any means. I am, however, a female who loves […]

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The Evolution of Sexuality, Homosexuality and Gender in SFF – Part Four

The Evolution of Sexuality, Homosexuality and Gender in SFF – Part Four 

In this, the final article of this series, I want to not only round up what’s been considered in the previous parts, but firstly to consider any issues that might have fallen through the cracks. When talking about the evolution of gender and sexuality people automatically skip to the homosexual part and to the presentation […]

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The Evolution of Sexuality, Homosexuality and Gender in SFF – Part Three

The Evolution of Sexuality, Homosexuality and Gender in SFF – Part Three 

Arguably one of the main issues hounding the progress and subsequent filtration of LGBT themes into “mainstream” SFF is something that mirrors the treatment of “alternative” sexualities and genders in real life: acceptance. Sure, people rally for marriage equality (well, the cool people do) and acknowledge the lifestyle choices of LGBT people, but… That’s not […]

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The Evolution of Sexuality, Homosexuality and Gender in SFF – Part Two

The Evolution of Sexuality, Homosexuality and Gender in SFF – Part Two 

The introductory article of this series promised that the first part of the real flesh of this series would talk about the linear evolution of the topic. The examination of the topic will take us from antiquity, through to present-date consideration: from the first glimpses of “gay science fiction”[1] with True History by Greek writer Lucian (A.D 120—185)—cited as the […]

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The Evolution of Sexuality, Homosexuality and Gender in SFF – Part One

The Evolution of Sexuality, Homosexuality and Gender in SFF – Part One 

One of the most exciting and vast elements of modern SFF is the presentation of alternative sexualities and genders. There is as vast a wealth to mine regarding sex, gender and sexuality as with its expected counterparts (that is, heterosexuality, and standard genders that reflect biology). Instead of these stories, issues and personalities being ignored […]

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Writing Fantasy Gender Stereotypes – Part Two: Writing the Opposite Gender

Writing Fantasy Gender Stereotypes – Part Two: Writing the Opposite Gender 

This is Part Two of a series on Writing Fantasy Gender Stereotypes. If you missed Part One you can read it here. This past July, I attended Polaris, a sci-fi conference that features panels on everything from Star Trek to anime to writing fiction. I had the pleasure of attending one panel in particular where […]

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