Most, if not all, of the sci-fi and fantasy i’ve read star men. Every Bradburian, Adams, and Scott Card star men. the women, when they’re there, are either romantic partners or relatives. The women dominated genres are dystopian and romance, and most of the dystopians have romance! This is insulting because a) this is not the demographic of real world and b) More men in literature perpetuates more men in literature because writers are so used to men in their genre that an unconscious bias develops, creating more male characters within them. I have written more men in my sci-fi stories than i’ve realized, and I blame the man infested genre to have played a party in it.
Discuss! What sci-fi stories have you read star women? How can we train writers to be more inclusive?