I didn’t mention this in the chivalry post, but one other thing that also had me thinking about the equality of the sexes in December was Battlestar Galactica, all four seasons of which I watched throughout November and December. I know, big ass nerd, but what can I say? It’s a frakking amazing show.
One thing that struck me early on and throughout the series was how equal the men and women are. They sleep in the same quarters, shower and shit in the same bathrooms, hell, there’s even an episode where one of the main female characters boxes it out in the ring with one of the main male characters and no one bats an eyelash. Characters are equally courteous and dick to both male and female characters.
I’m not saying that the humans (and Cylons) living in the fleet are completely free of prejudice—they certainly have their issues. But their society doesn’t give a flying frak whether someone is male or female. And I definitely appreciated this aspect of the show.
And it wasn’t just that part of the show that made it great. It was thrilling to watch the various story lines develop; so often I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, unable to keep myself from jumping right into the next episode. And some of the actors and actresses throughout the series are frakking hot–including Lucy Lawless, who I never found that attractive in Xena: Warrior Princess, but fuck me is she hot as a Cylon.
If you’re looking for a good sci-fi series and haven’t seen this one yet, then take a ride on the Battlestar Galactica.