Via Loose Canon: Tropes of Women of Color in Sci-Fi

Loose Canon describes five Tropes of Women of Color in Sci-Fi, with an emphasis on Black women.

Science Fiction and Fantasy often takes us to strange new worlds to take wonder in and gives us exciting adventures to watch over and over again. Many people who found their calling in the scientific and mathematics fields will sometimes cite their passion for a particular TV or movie series, Star Trek being perhaps the first mention for many.

However, even in these fantasy worlds, the dark stains of bigotry and privilege will show up from time-to-time. For Women of Color, especially Black Women, this situation will come to the forefront more often than not. In the almost 50 years of science fiction and fantasy viewing, characters that Black Women and other Women of Color portray on-screen and in print media can usually be put into 5 different categories of stereotypical tropes in Science Fiction: The Token, The Traitor, The Incompetent, The Tragic Warrior, and The Tragic Mistake.

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3 thoughts on “Via Loose Canon: Tropes of Women of Color in Sci-Fi

  1. Take your pick. LGBTQ tropes in Sci-Fi and Fantasy (especially) would indict just about every show and movie that I highlighted for this 5-part series. And the same genre has the same problems concerning Ableism.

    I wrote this series after watching an avalanche of science fiction in a single month and noticing the red flags over and over again.

    I say roll the dice and go for it!

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