Is fantasy sexist?

Or science fiction, for that matter?

I have to admit, as a male reader, I am often disappointed by the dearth of convincing female characters in the genre, and the prevalence of what I call the “guts ‘n’ gadgets” school among a lot of (male) writers – chilly, technology-obsessed tales with shallow characters and little in the way of psychological insight.

This is an interesting article by Liz Lutgendorff, from the New Statesman, on the question of how representative – or not – a lot of “classic” fantasy & sci-fi is.

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