Happy international women’s day! Just a small reminder that the science fiction genre was invented by a teenage girl, and that you wouldn’t have your apocalyptic sci-fi, your Batman or your Han Solo, if it weren’t for women. Take that misogynistic geek boys!
“Which brings me to three questions I am often asked.
First, is “The Handmaid’s Tale” a “feminist” novel? If you mean an ideological tract in which all women are angels and/or so victimized they are incapable of moral choice, no. If you mean a novel in which women are human beings - with all the variety of character and behavior that implies - and are also interesting and important, and what happens to them is crucial to the theme, structure and plot of the book, then yes. In that sense, many books are “feminist.”
Why interesting and important? Because women are interesting and important in real life. They are not an afterthought of nature, they are not secondary players in human destiny, and every society has always known that. Without women capable of giving birth, human populations would die out. That is why the mass rape and murder of women, girls and children has long been a feature of genocidal wars, and of other campaigns meant to subdue and exploit a population. Kill their babies and replace their babies with yours, as cats do; make women have babies they can’t afford to raise, or babies you will then remove from them for your own purposes, steal babies - it’s been a widespread, age-old motif. The control of women and babies has been a feature of every repressive regime on the planet. Napoleon and his “cannon fodder,” slavery and its ever-renewed human merchandise — they both fit in here. Of those promoting enforced childbirth, it should be asked: Cui bono? Who profits by it? Sometimes this sector, sometimes that. Never no one.”
You know, somewhere, elsewhere, way off, in an alternative universe, they have President Bernie Sanders. And those people think from time to time: “Oh, but what if things had turned out the other way? What poor bastards we’d have been.”
Happy Revenge of the Fifth (belated happy May the Fourth be with you…).
Okay, so scowls-ahoy General Hux got very little screen time. We know very little about the angry dude. But what we do know, from books like The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, is that his father was a Commandant. His father, Commandant Brendol Hux, had some very…harsh views on how to raise a soldier. Very survival of the fittest. I can’t help but imagine that young General Hux had a very strict upbringing…and I wanted an excuse to draw him again.