This study examines the portrayal of women in 50 science-fiction films produced in the U.S. The method was content analysis and the unit of analysis was the film scene. Presentations of women were analyzed by examining demographic variables and behavioral traits. For a further insight, comparisons have been made between older women (40 years and above) and younger women (below 40 years) and between "human" women and "other" women. This study reveals that there are few differences with previous studies undertaken on portrayal of women. Overall, women in the sciencefiction future have not been portrayed in a significantly different way than the portrayals seen in the media. The "Other" women have been portrayed more dynamically than "Human" women.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Women in motion pictures; Science fiction films--History and criticism
Communication and Media Technologies (MS)
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Communication (CLA)
Basu, Aru, "Realm of Possibilities: The Portrayal of Women in Futuristic Science Fiction Movies" (2005). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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