This week, we’re putting Trek on trial for its treatment of female characters! Star Trek is supposed to be a humanist utopia, but how close does it get to actually offering equal opportunity and genderblindness? We go through the magic pregnancies, the impractical costumes, and the horrors of the TNG show bible to ask: “How actually feminist was early Trek?” Jarrah Hodge is on hand to run the numbers and to point out that female creators mean female characters, to examine Trek’s depiction of women in power, to deconstruct the “harridan” trope and the “Keiko effect”, to look at revealing episodes like “Turnabout Intruder” and “Remember Me”, to posit that Troi suffered more than O’Brien, and to revisit once more the “Myth of the sexy Kirk”!
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