fuck yeah, science fiction!All things sci-fi
Well, I wouldn’t presume to know why people do the things they do. But I would guess sometimes it’s just a job, you know, and the publishing and art worlds are cut-throat industries. Others may not have the motivation or the inspiration to crank out something relevant and important. And yet others may honestly like big boobs and spandex. If some people like to watch them, others surely like to write and draw them.
As for understimating the genre, that’s entirely possible too. Genre fiction has been the staple for cheap, mass produced, low-brow entertainment. B-movies, pulp books, comics in the silver and golden ages, exploitation films. It’s one business model, the fast food model. But sometimes I like to eat fast food, and sometimes I like to read/watch something purely for its shock/arousal value. Not always, and I also wanna have that option, I don’t want to eat in gourmet restaurants every day of the week. To be truly inclusive, we should have both, thought provoking, meaningful literature, and shock-inducing thrill and sex fueled escapist fantasies. The key, as with most things in life, is balance.
I’m afraid I can’t do that, anon. I mean I CAN post cool sci-fi stuff, me and the rest of the guys that chip in. But I can’t ONLY post sci-fi stuff, and not answer the questions and concerns raised by anyone, follower or not. I want this to be an inclusive blog, and your imput is important, that’s why the ask box is open.
And also, I don’t agree with you that it’s a “silly fantasy”. I take science fiction very seriously, and that’s why it has become such a big part of my life. I teach a college course using science fiction. I’ve given lectures about it. I’ve joined book clubs about it. I’ve cosplayed. I’ve participated in groups and collectives about it. And I run this blog.
And fun is good, fun is great. But these stories and fantasies also deserve critical thinking and deserve to be taken seriously, not just as fleeting entertainment.
Well, the original anon posed two related questions, “What are your thoughts on hyper-sexualization in character design, especially when it comes to female superheroes?” and "if you thought anything beyond “women are eye-candy things for me to get boners over”
See, one is about character design. The second one is phrased about women in general. I agree that they are surely related, and for any person the answers would have to be coherent. Which one would you like me to answer, or both, or pose your own question?
Yes, it’s an age-old tale. The mainstream buckles down to the ones that have more power, more of a platform, more buying power. And the have nots have to make do with what’s on the slipstream. Although that last one is usually more interesting, right up until it is co-opted by the mainstream.