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date: 24 August 2019

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This chapter maps the centuries-old relationship between science fiction and feminism. This relationship begins with the turn-of-the-century technoutopian and pulp SF authors who dramatized key ideas associated with First Wave feminism, including the desirability of universal suffrage and the need to recognize women’s domestic labor as central to the success of the modern nation-state. It extends through the overtly feminist science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s, which brought to life the Second Wave feminist claim that “the personal is political” by imagining how current reproductive technologies might engender truly new and different futures for individual families and global society alike. Finally, contemporary SF authors explore the complex relations of gender in the integrated circuit of global capitalism while showing how individuals—and such groups as Riot Grrrl and Gamer Girl movements—might productively rewire those relations through their engagements with personal technologies including guitars and video games.

Keywords: science fiction, feminism, utopia, pulp, domestic labor, reproductive technologies, global capitalism, Riot Grrrl movement, Gamer Girl movement

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