Science Fiction fandom centres around science fiction and related literature, and conventions of fans. The term is most commonly applied to fans of SF literature rather than TV/movies; for that community, see Media Fandom.
Women in Science Fiction Fandom
Women are a distinct minority in science fiction fandom, whether measured by number of authors, attendees at conventions, etc. However, there are a number of well known women authors, big name fans, etc. For a broad list of women involved in the SF community, see List of women in Science Fiction.
Science fiction about women
The sub-genre of Feminist science fiction addresses feminist issues through SF stories.
Many other science fiction novels have strong female protagonists. See List of SFF stories with female protagonists for examples.
Issues facing women in science fiction fandom
- Invisibility -- see What Chicks Don't Like About Science Fiction (io9.com) for example:
- I love when clueless humans tell me to my face that women don't like science fiction. Usually they tell me this at a science fiction convention, after we have talked about scifi for an hour and I have said that I edit a science fiction blog. These humans have an amazing ability to not believe their eyes, which is the only way I can explain what's happening when somebody says to my face that women like me don't exist.
- When a woman is alone at a Science Fiction event, be it con, club meeting, or online, her mere presence means that she is available. A select group of male geeks find female geeks attractive, and therefore they should not only be gracious to men that hit on them, but overly accepting of any male geek's attention and affection, because, after all, the man has interest and don't women live to fulfill a man's interests? This results in anger when a woman rebuffs a man's advances or otherwise indicates she does not want to be hit on and would rather attend the con/club/forum to talk about the topic at hand.
- WisCon is an annual feminist SF convention