Women in Voltron
So, new Galra women have made me revisit the whole “why haven’t we seen Galra women” question. I have seen some people theorize that we don’t see Galra women because the team who creates the show just didn’t think of putting them in. I think this is really false because the team has been pretty sensitive to including women even in a very male specific show. Like, even in small scenes-consider the Garrison where we have-
Multiple female students two of which even speak
High ranking female officer
Not to mention a lot of side characters are female (Nyma, Shay). Pidge and Allura even have way pumped up storylines (compared to the original) that I think are on par with any of the boys on the team. Oh and Haggar is straight up just as compelling a villain as any of the others.
So, I guess what I am getting at is I don’t think this team just forgot to create Galra women when they have been so sensitive, especially for a very male show in a lot of ways, to have female characters in a variety of places, from extras to side characters to giving the main female characters and villains compelling storylines and character development.
So back to Galra women-now we know they do exist, I wonder why they only exist with Lotor, essentially?
1. Maybe there is some sort of biological reason where most Galra are born male and it is only “half-breeds” that become female, but “half-breeds” are considered not “pure” Galra so they won’t be a part of the main army or respected as much?
2. Zarkon is a sexist dick?
But, honestly, #2 doesn’t ring that true to me because Zarkon was the black paladin and I am almost 90% sure one of the old paladins will be female. I know its weird, but I don’t get “he’s just a sexist” from Zarkon despite him being a pretty straightforward big bad in many other ways?
I am probably really over-thinking it and it will never be a plot-point lol, but it just seems interesting to me that all the female Galra we know right now are “half-breeds” and with Lotor who we know was exiled. I think this is on purpose because, again, the team that creates this show has been pretty sensitive to including women in every other aspect of the show. Anyways, just some thoughts.
1. I know a lot of people see Pidge as non-binary or transgender so my calling her a female character may seem off. However, she does say I am a girl in the show so I am mainly running with that for the purpose of this post. At this point, she is being presented as a female character, though I do think she will end up being non-binary or transgendered.
2. I HATE the term half-breed even though everyone seems to like that for the mixed blood Galra. Maybe mixed? Multi-species? Half-breed makes it sound like we are talking about dogs.
3. I understand that there are some other genuine critiques with female characters in Voltron but just for the purpose of this post I was highlighting how I do think they really put thought into having female characters in the show from extras to main characters to villains.