Sex and Sexism in Space

Science fiction can act as a mirror for our society. Sometimes the reflection isn’t flattering. Take, for instance, the common trope of hooking up with hot anthropomorphic aliens. Now this wouldn’t irritate me in and of itself (or else Star Trek would’ve given me an aneurysm), but it always seems to cater to the straight, typically male audience who turn around and say “diverse” characters aren’t realistic.

I can hear you groaning from here. Oh, Christ. Not another SJW diatribe.

Well, no. Not quite. To paraphrase movieverse Mark Watney: “I’m gonna science the shit out of this.”

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Spectraterrestrial

Mum and I part ways at the airport security checkpoint.

She hugs me hard and says, “I’ll text you when I land.”

“Okay.”

She knows something’s wrong and leaves me with the same marching orders as before. Test my iron levels. Ask my doctor to print out the results. Read them to her over the phone. I promise her I will because I don’t have it in me to say I already did. My iron’s so low the doctor isn’t sure the reading is accurate. I need an abdominal ultrasound. It will show anything suspicious or missing. Maybe nothing. Maybe something.

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Lets talk about the elephant in the room – the lack of bisexual characters in fiction. Sorry, let me correct that – the lack of WELL-WRITTEN bisexual characters in fiction. By that, I mean characters who aren’t automatically written as promiscuous because of their bisexuality, characters whose bisexuality isn’t the the most interesting thing about […]

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