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Old March 5 2013, 03:25 PM   #42
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Re: Saldana: Uhura-Spock

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The S/U romance helped to increase Uhura's screentime, but unfortunately she is also the perfect example of this trope now, which I hate:

The Smurfette Principle is the tendency for works of fiction to have exactly one female amongst an ensemble of male characters, in spite of the fact that roughly half of the human race is female. Unless a show is purposefully aimed at a female viewing audience, the main characters will tend to be disproportionately male. Said only woman will almost always be used as half of a romance subplot.
It just can't get more cliche than to only have one important female character and then to pair her up with one of the male main characters.

They didn't bother to do this:

Why does this trope happen? Often, the problem lies with the source material — the work's an adaptation of something written or created decades before equal recognition for women started to gain momentum. Sometimes, however, writers will try to correct this problem by inserting a few more female characters or at least an Affirmative Action Girl.

Perhaps this is one of the things Alice Eve's Carol Marcus will fix. After all, she supposedly plays a key role in defeating Cumby.

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