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  • Carole Parker
    Hello Folks: A rather fun and interesting item. Until later-- Carole
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31 10:52 PM
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      Hello Folks:

      A rather fun and interesting item.

      Until later--


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      > From: Mikey <singjai108@...>
      > Date: Sun Oct 30, 2005 1:15:23 PM US/Pacific
      > http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/10/30/
      > nscifi30.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/10/30/ixhome.html
      > Adventures of Buffy and Lara see female sci-fi viewers outnumber males
      > By Elizabeth Day
      > (Filed: 29/10/2005)
      > Female science fiction fans now outnumber men for the first time.
      > The digital television channel Sci Fi UK has seen a 10 per cent rise
      > in the
      > number of female viewers over the past eight years and 1.4 million
      > women now
      > tune in - 51 per cent of the audience. The channel, which is
      > celebrating its
      > 10th anniversary, links the rise in "girl geeks" to the proliferation
      > of
      > heroines such as Buffy, Lara Croft and Xena.
      > Adam Rober! ts, a science-fiction author and a professor in English at
      > Royal
      > Holloway, London University, said fantasy television programmes and
      > films were
      > becoming more character-led. "Programmes are moving away from the
      > emphasis on
      > machines and zombies in the 1960s," he said. "More women are tuning in
      > to see
      > the relationships develop between wittily-written, complex central
      > characters
      > they can identify with. A film like The Matrix attracted female
      > viewers partly
      > because it was about complicated concepts of life and death. It also
      > had
      > Keanu Reeves running around in leather, which helped."
      > Ann McMeekin, a 29-year-old web accessibility officer from north
      > London,
      > said: "People have an impression of sci-fi fans being small men who
      > sit in the
      > dark watching Star Trek but it's not like that now.
      > "There has been an increase in positive female role models, whereas in
      > Star
      > Trek, all the women were either aliens or wore short skirts. I have
      > been
      > watching sci-fi since I was two or three and the shows are better
      > written and more
      > mainstream." The new wave of shows has also encouraged scholarship.
      > Buffy the
      > Vampire Slayer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, has inspired several
      > books and
      > essays, and an online journal, Slayage, dedicated to critical studies
      > of the
      > programme.
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