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I said this about the classic SF I devoured when I was very young, and I think it makes sense and wanted to share it here:

"... I loved SF as a kid, and I still do. However, those female characters in the earlier stories? I never wanted to be them. I wanted to be the hero. I wanted to fly the ship, fight the aliens, explore the planets, translate the alien texts, get lost in the sands of Mars. The female characters were not the heroes. They added depth to stories for boys. They paved the way for female characters who got to be heroes. But they were not the heroes."

Guess who we were talking about?

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Date: 2011-06-28 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tashabear.livejournal.com
Heinlein? Even his "strong female protagonists" were only there for the men to protect.

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Date: 2011-06-28 07:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] jauncourt.livejournal.com
You win one Internet.

It was a general discussion of classic SF that eventually went to "Heinlein's Women: what is their significance?"

I think they are significant in that his perpetual insertions of Redheaded Smart Chicks helped to pave the way for actual female protagonists later. Mostly due to the fact that he was doing it in an era when any character development of female background characters usually guaranteed rejection of your manuscripts.

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