The science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 was the longest running such series ever. One of its primary characters was Samantha Carter, who early on in the series mouths,
I’m an Air Force officer just like you are, Colonel. And just because my reproductive organs are on the inside instead of the outside, doesn’t mean I can’t handle whatever you can handle.
Personally, I cringed when I heard that. I was thinking that we have another ball-busting super-unlikable feminist character. I was considering giving up on the series right then, but then I remembered that I had a friend, whose opinion that I trusted, recommend it to me. So I persevered.
We never heard anything like that out of her again. Sure, she was a super-scientist, and she could wield weapons when needed; but she almost always pleasant, and never bossy. Perhaps she could see the future, and took Ms. Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” to heart. Or perhaps the SG-1 Team Leader Jack O’Neill was alpha enough to tame her.
Though it is does seem feasible that the show’s producers received feedback that its viewers did not like that part of the character. Studios often monitor reactions to characters early in a series run in order to see how they might fine tune them. Maybe this is what happened here. The science fiction audience of majority guys really don’t like such women. Which isn’t surprising, since most guys don’t like such women.
Can anybody think of a show with a bossy woman that was appealing to the fellas?