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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Women and B5 (was Re: Paradigm shifts and B5/Trek)
    Date: 11/30/1996 11:11:00 AM  

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"And yet, these women can also be women. Delenn in her black dressturning
heads, giggling at John's jokes, and teasing him. Then to turn around and
destroy the Grey Council, save B5 from the Earth Alliance, and become
Ranger One. The depth, the honesty, the reality of her. It is wonderful to
see such a character, to know that there are role models for a feminine
woman who can be hard as nails."

I wish I could take more credit for this..."Oh, sure, I did this to create
strong role models, it was all conscious"...but the truth is, those are
the kind of women I've always found attractive: sharp, smart, funny,
strong, sexually assertive, credible...*women*. Those are always the ones
I dated, the ones I hung out with as friends (on the theory that men and
women *can* be friends, it doesn't have to turn into dating) it's
just really a case of writing what I find appealing.

    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: Women and B5 (was Re: Paradigm shifts and B5/Trek)
    Date: 12/6/1996 5:52:00 PM  

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Just checked back into this thread....

"There was the instance in GROPOS of Delenn being saved by Dodger -- but I
can't for the life of me think of a single instance of a MAN being in the
victim's position. I'm ready to be proven wrong, though, since my memory
is faulty. Anyone with counterexamples is welcome to provide them."

ALL ALONE IN THE NIGHT. Sheridan's taken by the Streibs, and it's Ivanova
who puts together the rescue effort, and is directing the attack on the
Streib vessel, and who decides "screw it, frag 'em" when it seems they
killed Sheridan...then stops his pod from being killed, and orders his

Also, in PARLIAMENT OF DREAMS, G'Kar was restrained and about to be killed
but for the intervention of Na'Toth.

I know there are other examples, but those are the two that come to mind
off the cuff.


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