One of the things that puzzles me about countercultures is how conservative they can be.
Science fiction and fantasy, for example, is consumed mainly by people who live at least a little bit outside the norms of society. A lot of sf&f fans are socially awkward and out of shape; they’re the people who were picked on by the pretty and the popular in high school. They could be classified as part of a “geek” counterculture.
And yet science fiction and fantasy art and literature is suffused with images of “pretty people” — the fit, socially gregarious sorts with perfect bodies and outgoing personalities that are just the sorts of people that used to walk all over the people consuming said art and literature. (more…)