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The X-Files and the Scully Effect — fake aliens, real-world phenomenon for women in STEM – ABC News

Stuck in stage 4 lockdown, I had too much time on my hands — so I got stuck into The X-Files for the first time. Then I discovered that for a generation of women, the cult sci-fi series was about more than just monsters.

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In the middle of lockdown, I decided I needed a project. Something that would require no sewing skills, no wrangling of sourdough yeast and no need to leave the house.
That’s how I discovered The X-Files, almost 30 years after the sci-fi series first aired in 1993.
Even though it was this touchstone of everything I knew about pop culture, I’d never seen it. The original series alone stretches to 150 hours in length, and it always felt like too much of a commitment.
Now, in stage 4 lockdown, …

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