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Before you spout off that science fiction is a "man's" genre, as someone literally just did to me an hour ago, you might want to educate yourself on the genre's actual history.

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein and The Last Man all the way back in the 1800's, effectively inventing our modern concept of "mad science" and the "post apocalypse" subgenre, respectively. It was her success that sparked an explosion of fantastical literature with scientific and technological themes, later dubbed "science fiction."

Later, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's wildly successful "The Yellow Wallpaper," hailed as a groundbreaking work of feminism, sparked its own wave of "weird horror" and is cited by H.P. Lovecraft as one of his biggest inspirations, his very writing style practically lifted from Gilman's.

The trends kicked off by Mary Shelley and her imitators eventually grew directly into the pulp science fiction boom of the 1930's, and a great deal of those authors were also women. Nobody knew they were women at the time, because publishers rejected their work until it was submitted under male-sounding names. We don't know just how many such authors were secretly female, just a handful of the known examples include C.L. Moore, Andre Norton, Leigh Brackett, Marion Bradley, J. Hunter Holly and James Tiptree. All women writing under masculine or androgynous pen names so their work would be taken seriously in a grotesquely misogynistic culture.

The men credited today as the fathers of science fiction - like Rodenberry and Asimov - were reading the science fiction, fantasy and horror work of women when they themselves were nobodies. When they were little boys.
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think E.T.A. Hoffman was before Shelly though when he wrote Der Sandman. It features a automaton(a robot before the term was coined by Asomov). You should read it. It inspired Sigmund Frued with the Uncanny valley.

Then there's Leonardo DiVinci who created a machine with armor(you might want to check that out too). www.da-vinci-inventions.com/ro…

I could be wrong. :shrug:
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
knarf.english.upenn.edu/Articl… Here's a article on the topic.
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Chamjari Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I love Andre "Alice" Norton. She def used a pseudonym back in the 60s. I'm reading "Star Hunter" right now. She likes to make a lot of her aliens ghostly or unseen.
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RavenDarkWind Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I don't wanna sound too off-topic, but now I'm craving a Yellow Wallpaper Mortasheen.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've totally thought about it, I just don't know how I'd do it :p
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KungFuHouseplant Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
You really can't stay from these arguments for any amount of time, can you? That whole fracas on Tumblr wouldn't have happened if you didn't willingly throw yourself into these "discussions" all the time. That's only going to happen again when you post things like this and go in swinging like you seem to do. Yes, you're completely right about this subject, and men's rights activists, and a number of other things, but you WILL cross the line and hurt someone again by constantly going at it. It's inevitable.

Sheesh. I've learned a lot from your articles and even conquered my fear of spiders thanks to your arachnophobia article, but seeing how utterly combative you are is a major turn-off.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually that incident on tumblr had utterly nothing to do with my opinions on any issue at all :p
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KungFuHouseplant Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
You keep telling yourself that.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But it didn't?

You're referring to something that began because people were nasty towards a loved one, not because my opinions differed from theirs.

I don't regret any case of my pissing off some tumblr dorkus over politics or social issues, that certainly isn't what I hiatused over! :)
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Lasagnaface Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
but guuuuuuys spaceships, my boy toys, i want a big red one like a firetruck
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Goatlactic Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And even if men did invent science fiction that doesn't make it a "man's" genre. Genders don't get ownership of genres of media anymore than races or sexualities do. I mean yes there's such thing as like traditional music and dishes that date back to a specific race but that's a matter of heritage rather than their skin colour/genetics themselves.

I mean if that's the case let's fire a large portion of the chefs out there for having a penis because apparently that makes cooking not "their" heritage" and therefore not their right to benefit from. Let's see how quick dudebros cry feminazism.

Also I'm aware penis=/=man and vagina=/= woman, I'm just using the "logic" misogynists that call themselves men's right activists are using to systematically oppress women even more than they already are while pretending sexism is dead in the western world. You're oh so proving feminists are full of shit by... implying women were not part of a genre when women have been part of literally everything human since the dawn of whatever it was you're just an idiot that thinks super bias history only marking the actions of men means men were literally the only ones that did anything until 1920.
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Kaptain-Kefiah Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen to That.
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griefbacon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
aaaaaaaaaaaaaa thank you so much for writing this. it really made me happy to learn about these women (I knew before about mary shelley cause how could u not tho)
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for writing this entry. I'll have to read The Yellow Wallpaper one day.
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Personinator Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is sad to see this discrimination that these authors have undergone. Thanks for pointing this out to those that weren't aware.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional
Your journals and cartoons just keep getting better and better. Thank God for someone like you :)
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Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, people actually think science fiction is a man's game?

I'm confused by them greatly.
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avancna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Generally speaking, these same people who think that "*insert profession/hobby/thingy here* is a man's game" are the same people who think that women are only good at sating their husbands' appetites, making babies, and making things look pretty for guests.
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Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Apparently these people must have never had a mother. That is the only way I can understand the absurdity of that world view.

Just... Wat?
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avancna Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sometimes, it's because their mothers didn't love them enough to teach them how to treat women and people different from them like human beings who automatically deserve respect.  Other times, it's because a mother's love just is not enough to counteract pernicious stupidity.
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Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The stupidity thing sounds like a fairy tale we tell ourselves to make us feel better.

"oh they must be stupid to think that, because we are smart"

"oh they just cannot be helped, they were just stupid"

But maybe...

I've only been directly involved in the raising of my niece, my sister and myself.

That is hardly a large enough sample size.

Hum...
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avancna Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such is one of the many tragedies of living.
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Orbule Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everyone and everything you've just mentioned I absolutely adore and has been a tremendous inspiration upon my artwork and writing, Lovecraft especially but that's not the point.
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Mrtdark1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Mary Shelley also kicks lovecraft in the balls for pure horror.
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evilpika Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
How do you even come to think fiction belongs to men? I mean, I can kind of see math and science, since there's been a mythology for years about women's brains being "less adapted for it", but how does someone even come to believe that creative writing is man's job?
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avancna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While there remains the odious myth of women's brains allegedly being "less adapted for (math and science)," it hasn't stopped women from being scientists and mathematicians of immense importance, including Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician Hypatia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia Maria Agnesi, inventor of the "Witch of Agnesi" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Ga… Mother of Modern Paleontology Mary Anning en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ann… Chang, whose massive work in fish paleontology have lead to several prehistoric animals named after her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meemann_…
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kittytiuri Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The word "mathematics" even has it's origin in the word "mater" (=mother) or "matriarchy" (= oldest female is the head of the family/tribe).
In old times, when science was invented, it were the women having the time of watching the sky, the stars, think of cosmic rules - while men had much to do on the fields and working hard all day. If your body has to work all day your mind won't be able to do too much of it in addition. You feel exhausted when finally being able to fall into bed and you'd be grateful from being able not to think about anything at all and get some rest.
Even in medieval times noble women where the cultivated ones. They were taught to read and write, to sing, to play instruments, even to speak foreign languages... while noble men were forced to be knights and learn how to fight. Again men where skilled physically and women were skilled mentally.
And saying that women aren't interested in politics, war and economy is not true either. Think of Cleopatra or Katharina the Great or the Medici. There's not that much difference between women and men in their interests. Well, soccer/football maybe *jokes* :D
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avancna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember reading about how a group of Chinese women had developed their own written language.  Unfortunately, to compound the fact that it's now dead, I can't remember the name of it.
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kittytiuri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hm, this could probably be Nushu.
Here's some information about it: www.ancientscripts.com/nushu.h…
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avancna Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That one!  Thank you!
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kittytiuri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. ^.^
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just generations of deeply ingrained sexism still going strong.

Geek culture is especially territorial towards women for some reason. They've always been as big a part of it as men, yet there's a rampant attitude that women are just now hopping onto the nerd culture bandwagon.
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Mecha-blue Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I think it's a way to lash out at people for liking what they like and not daring to put in the same time and effort into tht thing. I grew up with a bunch of people complaining that filthy casuals were getting into gaming and ruining the industry, similar to the people who said there were no such thing as REAL woman gamers.
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StoneTemp1Pilot Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Progessive ideals thrive in sci-fi.
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shnurui Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_…

Also, don't forget, most female authors were banned from disclosing their real names during the time they were published, so failure to recognize female writers isn't the individual's fault.
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stoffhimel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
that is, if I recall correctly.
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stoffhimel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Dont forget that Mary Shelly was also a feminist.
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bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Lol Joanne King Rowling had to do the same. Although, many male authors used pen names at the time too... like "Mark Twain" (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, her publisher made her use J.K. thinking people would be turned off by "Joanne" on the cover.
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Omny87 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Wait a sec, J.K. Rowling's a GIRL?

Like... with ovaries, and stuff?
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bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ya because there's no way a guy wants to read a book written by a woman O.o
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mr-author Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Fuck yeah, preach it

I know I write genres pioneered by women and I'm over here, loving every minute of it.
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Servomoore Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
What the hell did that guy make that "comics are for boys" comment on anyway? 
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
An unrelated conversation on some cosplay, somehow.
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Keetah-Spacecat Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Faving this journal forever and ever. A lot of people forget about women in the sciences and it depresses the hell out of me :(
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jacobguy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Oh yeah! I remember hearing about all this in honors English!
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Horus2299 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Really, you got a comment like that from someone? I never realized that men or women had the ability to make exclusive claims to a genre of fiction.

I don't understand how people come to believe that one gender is any more creative than the other.
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Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Great article! "gracias por ilustrarme" I would say in spanish :)
But... why sharing all this journals this night? O.o
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Chiknhart Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
It's bad enough that people don't always know about all the great sci-fi ladies that had to write under pseudonyms, but to just flat out forget or omit Shelley is a brand new level of depressing.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's pretty widespread consensus that if one person can be considered the very inventor of the genre, it's Shelley.
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