Hello fellow zobopians! Welcome to Covid-19 year two. I sure you folks have had plenty of time to think about… whatever since you can’t really go anywhere. 😷 I on the other hand think about a lot of things. Although it doesn’t translate into a blog post, until today. I couldn’t help recently to notice in the Science Fiction/Fantasy art world there is a gendered stereotype/trope. In this era of #MeToo and #TimesUp I would think that almighty Hollywood would’ve noticed too.

I’ve notice in some Sci-Fi/Fantasy artwork a male character stands or hovers above a female character with or without some weapon. 😉🤫 The pictures below should show it will take a long time to change minds in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy artworld. This trope is practically written in stone over many generations. Anyway good luck changing minds New Generation. [Disclaimer: All pictures may be subject to copyright by their respective owners.]

Male character with weapon. Female kneeling beneath him.
Afrocentric imagery has the same trope. Female down beneath male character.
Even the Beastmaster does this. Women get no equity.
Well, of course Conan the Barbarian does this. He’s a barbarian!
No surprise here. It’s Heavy Metal magazine. The masters of this kind of trope.
Yes, the Sci-Fi Fantasy aliens know the deal. Man above, woman beneath.
I think the girl/woman is suppose to be a slave.
The man with weapon above, woman beneath him rolls on and on.
The manly man with weapon tends to involve dead characters beneath the couple.
Sometimes there’s a spirit character hovering above the weaponized man. I hope the woman is O.K.
This place called GOR obviously likes fantasy slave girls.
Even Star Wars is guilty. Father Vader hovers above son Luke with sister Leia kneeling below.
Are we getting the picture now. Dead bodies below scantily clad fantasy couple.
Ah crap, here we go again! Boring stereotype!
Well, well, well. You didn’t see this one coming did you? Woman above! This was the only exception I could find so far.

That’s all for now. But remember, it’s really time to change the Sci-Fi Fantasy paradigm. It’s getting tired. Until neXt time…