CNN's Geek Out blog posted an article today that explores the trend toward gender parity in sci-fi fandom through the lens of one of that trend's leading proponents, Ashley Eckstein of The Clone Wars and Her Universe fame. Here's a snippet where Ashley talks about the importance of recognizing that geeks come from both genders:
"How do you debunk this stereotype that itís just been men involved in creating this when it truly hasnít been? I donít know how you prove that, but it would be interesting to see. Even a lot of the top websites about science fiction are run and created by women," she said. And yet, somehow even children hold fast to the idea that sci-fi is only for boys.
"I think we have a responsibility to the younger fans today, and I think obviously we saw that with Katie Goldman, the 'Star Wars' girl. The reason that had such a big reaction is because we all related to her," Eckstein said. "And I feel like we all wrapped our arms around her and said, ĎNo. Weíre not going to allow this to happen to you.í "
Click here to read more about Ashley and her role in encouraging the geek girl movement!