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Where Starbuck finally gets her hands on Apollo's arrow.
- The Hand of God
- Colonial Day
- Kobol's Last Gleaming, 1 and 2

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marymary
Jun. 6th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
No, I don't disagree. I guess the way I think of it is that I find no sex discrimination or sex bias in BSG, but it's not gender-free. In other words, to the extent that there is a way to act like a woman, and like a man, they do. Laura Roslin is the president and also a woman. So it's not like the gender of a character doesn't inform that character. I think the hugs (you found it! My favorite Kara/Laura scene) are a good example of this. You're absolutely right that no two guys go in for the second hug. (Maybe Lee and Bill, in a tender moment.)

But BSG doesn't really comment on the gender stuff (save the "man" stuff from Bill, which was an excellent point, a, and yet sort of an anomaly).

And I have to say I find the traits and qualities are very evenly distributed. For example, one fairly subtle thing that exists in most of our dramas is that men fix things. Men know how to solve the problem. One of my favorite examples was on one show there was thunder outside. The female character said, "Do you think it's going to rain?" The man said, "No, I think it will blow over." WTF??? Is he a meteorologist? Or does he just know about everything by virtue of his sex?

I don't see that in BSG. Men and women are equally likely to be brave, gentle, brutal, wise, aggressive, loving, etc. In fact, I think the person who cries most in the series is Bill. So I guess I am very impressed with 1) the lack of stereotyping in the show, 2) the lack of bias in their 'verse, and 3) the fact that they don't comment on it at all. I think you'll see even more of this as we get into Season 2.

I find that this is one of the reasons I love Lee/Kara so much. They are so evenly matched. I find it really satisfying and incredibly hot that there isn't a "dominant" partner and that they don't fall into sex-based roles when they're together. It makes their relationship much more dynamic.

Ok, stopping now. :-)