I heard recently that considering all the madness happening in the world right now, investing so much time and energy in television and movies seems fruitless. I disagree. I think art mirrors society and vice-versa, and the response to the rise of women in sci-fi and fantasy is a testament to just how much more social progress must be made.
This past Sunday, the BBC announced that Doctor Who‘s Thirteenth iteration of the classic time-traveling alien would be played by a woman, Jodie Whittaker.
Cue the outrage––from men and women alike.
In a dramatic attempt to be “politically correct” Dr Who just lost thousands of fans 😂
— Joshua Cooper (@joshiee_coops) July 16, 2017
Like don’t get me wrong I’m all for equality(duh) but the doctor is a dude. Just is haha
— Ted Allen 👾🎮🎸 (@ted_allen_288) July 16, 2017
These are the nicer comments.
But it’s funny that these same die-hard fans seem to conveniently forget about all the women in their favorite franchises that helped shape the success of those franchises. And they seem to ignore that just as men love to see themselves reflected onscreen, perhaps women might too (shocker!).
For reference, here are just a few women who contributed positively to the genre nerds hold so dear. Some are main protagonists, like Thirteen will be, and some are not. The point is that they are dynamic, influential, and prove that making a character male doesn’t deem it more relevant or special to the sci-fi/fantasy canon.