reminder that star trek technically takes place in a dystopian future after society was torn apart and thrown into a “new dark age” by globalized war and mass genocide that killed anywhere between 30 - 600 million people
WELL THAT WAS AN EPISODE.
Okay. Let’s make some things really fucking clear. I know this shit is 20 years old but it has still made me incandescent with rage.
Because I can SEE what they’re trying to do.
The language they use is SO PRECISELY the language of LGBT struggles, and I wanted so badly to see this as an early attempt at advocating for equality.
But they don’t understand that they are HURTING US by defining men and women in large part by whom they are attracted to.
They are HURTING US by portraying a post-gender society as oppressive and unnatural, needing to rely on strict control in order to continue.
They are HURTING US when Worf will gladly go against captain’s orders in order to save someone from being forced into androgyny but it is explicit that he would never do the same for someone being forced into a gender binary.
And IT IS NOT OKAY to use the struggle of someone demanding to be let into the heteropatriarchy as an allegory for the struggle of those of us who are struggling to leave it behind in whole or in part, through orientation or gender identity.
Because the audience they are trying to reach is not going to get the message of “don’t judge people for their gender identity or who they love.” The message that is being sent, more clearly than any other, is that attempting to dismantle oppressive gender systems will lead to us becoming like the antagonists in this story. That humanity will thrive in the future only if equality is created and reserved for cis straight people. Because at this point in the Star Trek canon, there is no queer community in the 24th century, and that is far more powerful than any shitty metaphorical morality.
Gene Roddenberry (via muttnikk)
Canada does that. Well, I mean, some people are still gonna be suckish, but they do celebrate Heritage weekend festivals as a civic holiday in most parts of the country.
Also there is a town called Vulcan in Canada, which has become very Star Trek-y since Star Trek came out.
Unless you’re First Nations. We aren’t so great at not being super fucking shitty to them.
yeaaah. We Canadians have to be pretty careful about not blowing our multicultural horn too much, cuz lordy there’s a shit load of shit out and about.
I want a Star Trek series that’s about the worst ship in the fleet, the type of people Starfleet can’t quite fire but can try their damndest to make go as far away as possible. Drunk captain. Low achieving lieutenants. First mate who’s just a little felonious. I want to see what kind of missions they’re given.