Tech in the News: A ‘Star Wars’ actor sparked a conversation about gender fluidity. Women have been using sci-fi to explore gender and sexuality for centuries.
Posted December 8, 2019
External Article: Live Science
Lisa Yaszek, professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, was featured in The Lily, the world's oldest feminist magazine, in an article about gender fluidity in science fiction, "A ‘Star Wars’ actor sparked a conversation about gender fluidity. Women have been using sci-fi to explore gender and sexuality for centuries."
For women, in particular, science fiction has long been a space to stretch the bounds of traditional gender roles and imagine a more gender-equal future.
Lisa Yaszek, a professor of science fiction studies at Georgia Tech, describes the feminist appeal of science fiction like this: “We can imagine spaces that radically break from our own world and from what we know or at least believe to be scientifically or socially true about sex and gender.”