I'm reading this article
on Sam Carter from SG1
being a stereotype. There's a part where the author mentions Sam fainting in episode 3x21, 'Crystal Skull' "like a soppy girly and having to be caught by a big strong man" and how much it annoyed her. That statement kind of bugged me because it was made obvious that Jack passed out as soon as he made it through the Stargate.
Granted, Sam did faint first and Jack did catch her and run with her to the Stargate but keep in mind that Richard Dean Anderson is 6'1 1/2" and male. Amanda Tapping is 5'9" and female. More than four inches, plus the female-male weight-muscle differential that obviously exists would mean that he likely weighs fifty pounds more than her. It was also made clear that the gigantic Teal'c (6'3" and likely 300 lbs) did not pass out like Jack and Sam but was only weakened by the radiation poisoning.
So, in the event of passing out due to radiation poisoning, Sam probably would have passed out first because she has much less body mass and therefore would be affected quicker.
I know this is just a random ramble but accusing the writers of oblique misogyny and female stereotyping for a scene that was probably pretty accurate science-wise is kind of annoying. And not stereotypical. The author of the article was going on about how Sam is "the protected character" because she is female. I admit I've only seen the first five seasons and bits and pieces of other seasons but all evidence pointed to Daniel actually being the protected character because he's not military and the most physically and emotionally vulnerable.
Maybe it's just because I don't LOOK for misogyny and stereotypes on television shows, though I can recognize a real stereotype from a mile away. There are all these articles on how women are badly written, overly weak and inapprotiately emotional and blahblah but I honestly don't see it in science fiction shows. And I have a very low tolerance for obnoxious girly girls, see 7th Heaven
for evidence of badly, incongruously written female characters that annoyed me to the point that I can no longer watch the show.
Maybe it's just my 20 year-old WASP-y, big-city-suburb naivete showing. I've never once in my life felt helplessly oppressed. I used to referee soccer when I was 14 and there was a coach who was abusive to the referees. After hearing complaints, the soccer club removed all teenage refs from games where that coach would be present. I wrote a strongly worded letter to the executive board detailing why I was perfectly capable of doing the job I was supposed to and by removing me they were disrespecting me. Or something. It was a long time ago. They immediately let me ref those games again. Suffice to say, I've always stuck up for myself but at the same time, I know my limits and I don't think it's weak to admit that men are physically stronger. And I feel that the lead characters, male or female, on Stargate SG1
(in addition to Stargate: Atlantis
, the Star Trek
s, The X-Files
among others) are amazing role models for young people like me and my brother.
Then again, who really cares.