Originally Posted by Steve Jordan
True. As the lines between the sexes and "nurturing versus hunting" fade, we should expect to see more female roles that touch on the hunting, as well as more male roles that touch on the nurturing.
I think U.S. commercials are already showing us a shift in gender roles: Men and women used to be presented as relative equals, with their own (admittedly gender-based) strengths; Now, in most cases (and usually presented in a humorous context, to take the sting out presumably), the woman is presented as the smart one, the serious home manager and expert businessperson, while the man is often depicted as juvenile, dim and inattentive. The woman saves the day, while the man is usually the one who put it at risk. The woman thinks her way out of a problem, while the man obliviously watches the game.
So, in terms of U.S. TV commercials, the male has become the "accessory," and the woman is the main character. And commercials, depending on their popularity, influence programs and how they are presented.
So: How soon before we see an SF version of Sex and the City?
That doesn't sound like balance to me, that sounds like an opportunity for things to become increasingly feminist. Whether or not that's going to happen is yet to be seen. At the moment there's a nice level of equality, lets hope it stays that way.
An SF: Sex in the City? Uck. What bugs me about so many Sci-Fi tv shows like the Star Treks and others is how they have to repeatedly put in sexual scenes of some kind. Most of the time it's totally unecessary.