Science Fiction has always been a haven for diverse and complex women. This is a first in a series of my picks for the Top 10 Kick-Ass Women of Sci-Fi.
The Woman Warrior is a iconic image in literature. A fierce warrior who has long been portrayed as a celibate hunter who devotes her life and energy to fighting. Classically personified as Arcadian Artemis, goddess of Hunting and Chastity. Typically, Women warriors live and fight with other females and myths based in numerous cultures around the world. The Amazons are a famous example.
In Firefly and later Serenity, we see Zoe turn this notion on its head. We first meet Zoe on the battle field alongside Caption Mal Reynolds fighting for the Brown Coats against the Alliance. After the war, she continues to serve alongside Mal onboard Serenity as his second in command. Instead of the archetypal women warrior, a female warrior who lives and fights among other warriors. Zoe is happily married to Wash, pilot of Serenity. Not only content in being married but excited to plan for a future with kids:
Wash: All I am sayin’ is that we are living pretty deep in the rough and tumble and I don’t seeing that changing any time soon
Zoe: Nor do I
Wash: Well, I’m not sure now is the best time to bring a tiny little helpless person into our lives
Zoe: That excuse is getting little worn, honey
Wash: It’s not an excuse dear. It’s objective assessment. Can’t help that it stays relevant
Zoe: I don’t give a good … about relevant, Wash, or objective. I ain’t so afraid of losing something that I ain’t gonna try and have it. You and I would make one beautiful baby and I want to meet that child one day. Period.
Hearts of Gold
Had Firefly lasted longer than 14 episodes, it would fascinating to explore other sides of Zoe as a wife and eventual mother.
Check out the fabulous Gina Torres on Geeks On, discussing her career and the state of women’s roles in Sci Fi.