Razib tossed off a post expressing amazement that a very attractive wine bar hostess was making science fiction recommendations. The noteworthy feature, apparently, was “the intersection of science fiction & female physical hotitude.”
Should I pile on? Maybe just a little.
- Even if the original claim was restricted to the probability of the intersection of (people who like) science fiction and “female physical hotitude”, it’s not a huge distortion to imagine that this might imply a claim about the intersection of “female physical hotitude” and people who are intelligent in a nerdy/geeky/technologically oriented kind of way. S/F did come up quite frequently during our nerd-off, after all, as did all manner of bragging about braininess. So at least some habitual consumers of S/F take that consumption as indicative of certain qualities of mind — qualities of mind that, apparently, it is a surprise to find lodged in a body deemed worthy of male lust.
- Males have had, over the past centuries, a pretty good track record of overlooking intelligent women, and/or of making the case that women are primarily of value to the extent that they are deemed worthy of male lust.
- That crap gets tiresome.
- Some S/F is very appealing to smart people — male or female — especially some of the stuff that sets out alternative universes with gender relations markedly different from some of the stuff we get to slog through every day. Some S/F, though, seems to glorify certain fanboy ideas about what women are really good for. That stuff is maybe not so appealing to women used to thinking of themselves as fully human.
- My daughters are totally into the stories of Stanislaw Lem. They are smart as whips and I dress them warmly.
And that’s all I have to say about that.