A recent Spearhead article written by Pro-Male/Anti-Feminist Tech illustrates how feminist ideology has changed the direction of science fiction over the last decade. An example of this change can be observed by watching the evolution of the SyFy channel (formally known as Sci-Fi) over the past decade.
Bonnie Hammer was hired to transform the Sci-Fi channel so that it would be more female friendly. Traditional science fiction tends to focus on action and technology which typically appeals to men and does not attract most women. So Bonnie made the decision to create more female friendly programming that was focused primarily on interpersonal relationships. The idea was that women would be more attracted to story lines that dealt more with emotional drama versus space combat. So instead of grand space epics with weird technology and aliens, the story lines became basically “Sex in the City” set in space.
While it is not necessarily a bad thing to change science fiction to appeal to more women, the consequence is that such a change tends to repel most guys. Guys (especially young boys) like the stereotypical action based plots complete with geeky technology. Boys want to see a male hero fighting some weird space alien to save the day. They typically don’t care to watch a plot that deals with emotional angst complete with gossip and jealousy.
Of course, as always, there are exceptions to the rule. Many girls love traditional science fiction (hurray, for these girls) and there are some guys that prefer the Lifetime Channel stuff. But the exceptions don’t invalidate the rule. And the question of the article is – Is it OK to have programming that appeals primarily to men? Or must we quickly change anything that appeals to men in order to be more “inclusive”?
The Spearhead article somehow went viral and created a firestorm of comments. The notion that maybe it is OK and good to have programming that appeals primarily to men sent off warning alarms of potential heresy amongst the feminist zealots. The faithful quickly descended upon the blog and quickly accused any man with a dissenting opinion as obviously being a fat loser with a small penis - the typical retarded language of Feminists that is used in place of critical thinking. Even actor Brent Spiner, who played Commander Data on Star Trek, commented that the article was obviously supported just by a bunch of “ass hats.”
So congratulations to Pro-Male/Anti-Feminist Tech for writing an article that obviously hit a nerve among the SciFi community. Due to political correctness, many people are too scared to say or write publically what many people think privately. And when someone dares to write something that is against the orthodoxy, it is amusing to watch the resulting hysteria.