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Hooray for Mythbusters!

Since neither of us were up for anything yesterday, today's the day when I go over and hassle the best friend. :D

I'm already running late by his calculations and my estimation, but I had to poke around this fixing the Women in Refrigerators problem entry a little, and contribute since I was thinking about it in the shower.

A man can't be shown as a victim, basically. In the genre under discussion, you are going to have victims. No way around that. And in your real-world stats, yeah, women bear a whole lot of the brunt of physical violence. But it's simply lazy writing to have the bulk of your senselessly victimized characters who spur the heroes into motion be female, when your heroes have (boyfriends), sons, fathers, brothers, grandfathers, business partners, friends, uncles, cousins, and other important guys in their lives, not all of whom can fight back against the Masked Maven of Malice.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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