By now you know I kind of dig Space Chicks.
In addition to writing substantively on the historical, sociological and geopolitical aspects of Space Chicks, my purely scholarly passion led me to become the worlds leading authority on subject.
When I first determined the importance of Space Chicks as a pop culture phenomenon, I soon observed that there is an important Space Chick subset that is best described as “Ray Gun Girls.” Simply put, a Ray Gun Girl is a girl often, but not always, wearing a space suit in close proximity to a ray gun, often, but not always holding the ray gun.
Like Space Chicks in general, Ray Gun Girls first appeared on the cover of pulp magazines.
And when Space Chicks migrated from pulp novel covers to film and television, Ray Gun Girls began showing up there, too.
In all honesty, most Ray Gun Girl images are fetish driven manifestations of arrested male adolescent wish fulfillment, amounting to little more than soft core pornography.
However, as the years went by science fiction matured, and Space Chick images began to include strong, capable women who were fully realized heroic figures as complex and detailed as any male hero. As this happened, the images of Ray Gun Girls also evolved into something more serious and less sexist.
To me, the entire phenomenon is really quite fascinating. I don’t have the time or inclination to explore in this blog why there is such a driving interest to depict women holding ray guns. The psycho-sexual implications alone would fill more space than I have to work with here. However, it is worth noting that the Ray Gun Girl concept is distancing itself from sex object utility and is increasingly being seen as a sign of feminist empowerment.
I’m taking the time here to provide you with the opportunity to judge for yourself. Below is a gallery of Ray Gun Girl drawings and photos representing only what I was able to download in a few minutes before I gave up and went on to more serious business. Nevertheless, this incomplete sample is the most comprehensive collection of Ray Gun Girl pics anywhere on or off the internet.
I present them in the order my computer imposed due to file title.
[If you don't see any gallery below, then you need to go back up to the top and click on the link entitled something like "The Ultimate Ray Gun Girl Gallery."
I take no responsibility for any offense that may result from anyone accessing and scrutinizing any of the photos in that gallery.]