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Sci Fi Guys and Stereotypes, Again

So, I have insomnia. I’m catching up on some blog reading. I come across this courtesy of Asymptotia. It’s one of those quizzes; this one is “Which Science Fiction Writer Are you?” It’s fun, it’s harmless, more or less; I came out as

I am:

John Brunner

His best known works are dystopias — vivid realizations of the futures we want to avoid.

Which science fiction writer are you?

More or less appropriate, I’d say.
But what’s really interesting to me is this item in the quiz:

5) Are you a total dork when dealing with the opposite sex?

  • I’m so smooth, I couldn’t possibly be a science fiction writer anyway.
  • I’m happily married, so (thank god) I don’t have to worry much about that sort of thing now.
  • The ladies warn each other to avoid me when I’m drunk.
  • I probably offend a lot more people than I realize I do.
  • I just avoid people as much as possible.
  • I am the opposite sex.

Why does this interest me? Well, first of all, I just love the fact that item 5 is actually for guys. Which leads one to suspect that the whole quiz is really designed for guys. Because only guys read science fiction, right? And, they are dorky, geeky sorts of people who cannot deal with the opposite sex. But, the rest of the quiz makes clear that they are smart.
Say….where have we run into the idea of these kinds of stereotypes before?

  1. csrster
    January 29, 2007 at 8:19 am

    I suppose the questions assume you’re male because all the available pre-chosen answers are male sf-writers.
    Arthur C. Clarke

  2. January 29, 2007 at 9:20 am

    … and why can’t that fifth item apply to either gender?
    When I took it, it said I’m Gregory Benford. At the bottom, it also said, “The real Greg Benford once took this quiz, and it told him he was Arthur C. Clarke.”

  3. January 29, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    That question had me raising an eyebrow too. I was tempted to answer #3, because, even though I’m one of the “ladies”, it fits. In the end, I answered #5, since it doesn’t really specify which aspect of sex is opposite. Weird. Oh, it labeled me Arthur C. Clarke… who is also weird. I guess it fits.
    I think Ayn Rand’s “Foundation” was sci-fi, but I haven’t actually read it. Her 20-page-long paragraphs make my eyes feel like they’re bleeding.

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