I’ve just been amusing myself looking for pictures of female science fiction characters which may be appropriate for the cover of my new book (Kuralon Rescue, out soon at an online venue near you).
And let me tell you, sexism is alive and well in the realm of SF art. Yes, I know we’ve had one or two tough as old boots heroines. Ripley and Sarah Connor spring instantly to mind, but they’re in the movies. Check out this sheila on Pinterest Or maybe this one. At least the first two women had kind of sort of clothes covering them. There’s no doubt that these sexy ladies are all courage. But I can’t help feeling that their fathers ought to be asking where they think they’re going dressed like that? Now contrast those little ladies with this male space marine.
Mind you, lots and lots of the “science fiction” women seem to be able to survive out there in the depths of space wearing very little. And they always seem to have big tits and either womanly curves, or legs up to their armpits, or both. Even if they’re clearly robots. And if they’re not robots, they have long hair. And high heels. Like the girly top left. Have you ever tried running in high heels? Somebody ought to point the designers at this song by Kirsty MacColl.
Then again, she could use the shoes as a weapon.
Good for the girls, I suppose. We won’t have to wear those ugly suits, which all seem to have cod pieces (even if they’re robots). Presumably this will be because we will have evolved to be much, much, much tougher than the blokes.
Hurrah for us.
Oh, and while I’m here, this is another area where AI art is much more amendable. Instead of trawling through stock art sites looking for something vaguely suitable after you’d allowed for the compromises you’re prepared to make, you can ask something like Midjourney to come up with a female space marine.
Like this one.