Lesley L. Smith: Let It Shine

When I was a girl, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I discovered something wonderful called science fiction. This, in turn, led me to discover something wonderful called science. Cut to ahem, mumble-mumble years later and I’m a SF author, a physicist and an amateur sociologist. As a SF fan I enjoy stories in which women are the heroes, kicking butt (literally and metaphorically) in exciting futures, possibly in new societies on other worlds with fascinating alien creatures. But as I observe the real-life nonfictional society and world around me, it’s pretty evident that men and women generally behave differently. Women appear a little hesitant to kick butt in real life. Why is this? I’ve spent a lot of time pondering these trends and I’ve read a lot of articles and studies. Of course each individual is genetically different, but I have finally concluded women are less assertive, in large part, because of gender socialization.

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Inspiration, Creativity and Digital Art with Susan Nicolai

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Susan Nicolai:  Art for James Gunn’s Ad Astra with permission

Girl Cooties contributor Kathy Kitts interviews Susan Nicolai a digital story artist who explores the transformative power of multi-media storytelling. Susan’s work is a fusion of texture, color, photography, and words.

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