By RazzaTazz 8 Comments
As part of the lead-up to Halloween I generally watch some scary movies, I generally don’t like the horror genre as much because I scare easily. Anyway this year I have decided that my weapon of choice for fear will be The Twilight Zone. One of the first episodes I ran across is called “After Hours” (spoilers to follow) wherein a young woman goes into a department store and weird things start happening to her. She gets locked in for the night only to eventually discover that she is in fact a mannequin. In my mind the “mannequin comes alive” story is just a sub-genre in the general group of stories that could be said to be about robots (this is after all a non-living things developing something representing a soul just because they sort of look like us.) In terms of robots though the concept of gender is somewhat meaningless. Androids are given human appearance but they do not reproduce in the same way biological things do, so the only reason to ascribe any gender to them is based off of gender based traits (lie if you wanted a robot to perform certain functions some of which might have traditional association with one gender or another). That having been said, female androids are pretty rare. Jocasta is of course an example, as is the Sean Young character in Blade Runner, or even the daughter which data created for himself on Star Trek TNG. When it comes to the mannequin sub-genre though more often than not these are female characters, given a sense of humanity but still acting in a way that women might act. This also means instead of a lack of features that the characters end up looking like this
Jocasta of course has a slightly different story as she was created partly with the mental signature of the Wasp, but generally it is a bit of a weird double standard that “male" robots are displayed usually somewhat generically, whereas "female" robots tend to be very much female.