Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 192: Fitted Breastplates & Feminine Mystique - Sexist Absurdities in Speculative Fiction

October 18, 2019

Episode 192: Fitted Breastplates & Feminine Mystique - Sexist Absurdities in Speculative Fiction

 

Gender roles in speculative fiction can be a trap for the unwary writer. In fact, we're so conditioned to seeing certain tropes as staples, that it takes a bit of conscious reviewing before we, as readers and viewers, realise just how many gender based absurdities exist in speculative fiction. Epic fantasy is often the biggest offender but other forms of spec fic are hardly blameless. The dragons fully acknowledge that some of their favourite books and films also fall down when it comes to sexism, and while there's nothing wrong with liking something with problematic elements, it's always worth being aware those elements are there. This week, Jules and Madeleine look at some of the worst of these absurdities with suggestions for how they can be avoided or changed. On the slab this week - Dune by Frank Herbert, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind, The Princess Bride and many more.

 

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic