There have been other strong female characters with scientific/ professional backgrounds: Dr. Beverly Crusher, Nurse Hathaway (ER), Colleen McMurphy (China Beach), Grace VanOwen (LA Law), but yeah.... Scully is probably the geekiest one.
As a woman scientist, I can't say I have ever identified with any of them. I suppose Scully would have been the most likely, but I never watched X-files, and only learned much of anything about her recently, when someone mentioned her on another thread.
Originally Posted by Ivy
One really compelling thing about the character of Scully for young women was the reversal of the stereotypes- she wasn't "the emotional one" or "the heart of the operation," she was the fucking smart and honestly maybe a little bit robotic one of the pair, and a strong skeptic who was very intellectually demanding of Mulder. (Not that he wasn't smart also, I mean, that's one of the things that was so damn sexy about him.) Scully was a character who wasn't written as a "Strong Female Character," she was just a person, a really smart person, who happened to be a woman. For a lot of the show's original run, the character of Scully could have been played by a guy with very minor changes, although in the 90s that would have meant giving up a lot of the sexual tension that was fun about the show. (Nowadays that's not an impediment; people feel free to ship Sherlock and Watson to their hearts' content.)
I just really can't overstate how exciting that was to a lot of young women in the 90s, myself included- the idea that we could be people first, not written into corners because of our gender.
Exactly. The best stories are written just about people. Make plots and populate them with characters. Then roll a die to see who is male or female. Make whatever small adjustments the plotline requires, then run with it. It is amazing and disappointing how commonplace those stereotypes remain, even given how many more women appear in dramas without a romantic focus.
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door, and a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past, through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need, the people will waken and listen to hear
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ohh @Coriolis your above comment made me think. I've been seeing this INTJ girl and she also just so happens to be in chemistry, got her doctorate recently and wants to get into lithium ion battery tech. Anyways, we seem to be meshing very well so far and each time we've met up it's been theoretical, abstract discussion and I absolutely love it! Totally satisfies my Ne "cravings" and thirst for big, unanswered life questions. But, sometimes I'd love to just be casual and enjoy life too, experience things, lose oneself. Typical "free-spirit" things. As a female INTJ in the sciences, how should I go about potentially bringing out the fun side of her and to just let loose? Or, is that appreciated? I'd hate to step over any boundaries with her too so I've been trying to feel her out and gauge the situation.
A mind wanders as does the soul
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams".
"I or E: NF or ENTP, you'll always be ARET to me. Ambiverting, Rational thinking, Emoting, and Trailblazing since the 90's"
Guy from Fidelity finally called back (several weeks later). I set up an interview for next Thurs, but I'll probably be calling them back after my noon meeting telling them I accepted a position with another firm.
The early bird gets the worm as they say.
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
- Edmund Burke
While Germany was publicly fuming about the revelation in 2013 that the NSA was listening in on Angela Merkel’s cell phone conversations, it was secretly tapping those of top-level U.S. and U.K. diplomats.
Every country spies.... to pretend otherwise or throw a fit is just silly. ...
Originally Posted by Archilochus
The fox knows many things--the hedgehog one big one.
And I am not a hedgehog......
Jesus said "Blessed are the peacemakers" not "blessed are the conflict avoiders.....
no I do NOT want to give you my account information, I would like to give you a piece of my mind because your website's crappy and I hate your phone tree
happily, I found that feeling annoyed and pushing # over and over takes me right to a person
unhappily, I was reminded that while annoyed I revert very slightly back to my native accent, which apparently makes me somewhat incomprehensible over the phone to non-native speakers (my state gets it's very own accent!)
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