With Regard To-
-“Troi is the worst female character!”/”Troi is the best female character!”
-“I’m allowed to hate female characters because they are written bad!”
-“Female characters are written in a context and I have to love them within and without that context!”
-“My sistahs you gotta acknowledge the shittiness of that context tho!”
-“Nu Trek Why You Gotta Objectify Unequally?”
-“I thought I loved [a thing] but then my eyes were opened and now I see my enjoyment of [a thing] was FALSE because of MY OWN INTERNALIZED OPPRESSIONS!!”
-“Any defined gender role is oppression!”/”Gender roles serve as shorthand for narrative communication and do not immediately imply anti-feminist sentiment!”
-“RARRR RARRR VAGINAS RARRRRR”
and whatever else -
FUCKING CHILL YOUR ASSES, PARTY PEOPLE.
Why is everyone so goddamn grarry lately about this? It’s ALWAYS shit. Patriarchy is ALWAYS FUCKING HERE. It’s CONSTANTLY PERVASIVE. There is no safe space. There isn’t. Not even lady-friendly sexytimes tumblr. Not even the most beautifully rainbow and pink triangle-festooned chai shop run by 3rd gender lezzie-friendly off-the-grid geniuses is going to be patriarchy-free.
You know what? Star Trek was created by, and run by, and directed by, and produced by MEN. And it STILL IS. And it STARS THEM TOO. Don’t lie to yourself. But also, I’m okay with this. I’m OKAY with Star Trek existing within the patriarchy. Because SO DO I. It’s important that I become, and stay, aware of it. I wake up and I go “oh, what’s that,” *push push* and a little fritz of evil energy hovers around my head, and I go, “oh yeah, that’s the patriarchal field within which I and everything I love exists, what a bummer” and then I try to go about my fuckin’ day, remembering this. Everything you and I see, every day? It’s TINGED WITH THIS SHIT. EVERYTHING. So we need to develop our ability to ADJUST ACCORDINGLY.
This is why I refuse to fight with people about this. This is why I hate seeing people post “come at me bro” posts about female characters that do or do not suck, and why, and here’s why you’re wrong and I’m right, yadda yadda. Not because I don’t think this needs to be discussed, or I don’t think you know what you’re talking about, or because I doubt your commitment to sparkle motion.
I hate it because y’all aren’t adjusting accordingly.
By the time THESE words reach from my fingertips through all these layers of technology and atmosphere and electrons through into your eyeballs, they will have ALSO passed through layers and layers of INVISIBLE YET STILL EVIL PATRIARCHY FIELDS. And they will have CHANGED BEYOND MY CONTROL.
Luckily for us all, there are things that can help us learn about the world, and ourselves, and help us learn to adjust our perception so that we can better interpret another’s intentions. And do you know where a lot of us started to formulate these kinds of nuanced, but still POSITIVE, ideas? Where a lot of us first went “your experience of reality is not my experience of reality, and that’s okay, and we will work together to make both of our realities better”? Star Trek. Whatever flavor, whatever version, I don’t care if you first came to it from flippin’ saturday morning cartoons or Cellular Peptide Cake or one day you went “Scott Bakula? With a dog? In space????” It ALL contains *that* message, no matter how dark it gets. And no matter how much the characters fight. And no matter how little a female character does or does not wear.
So please, next time your hackles are raised and you’re scrabbling in the dusty blue ground of tumblr, take a moment. Adjust accordingly. You can be upset! You can express yourself! You can GET MAD AND NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE! But until we provide OURSELVES with other options, and I highly suggest that we do and continue to do so, as so many amazing women and other people have done over the years, in whatever corners they’ve managed to infiltrate, we’re still talking within these confines. We’re still in the evil patriarchy field. And the only thing that can penetrate that is to LOVE ONE ANOTHER, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND FOUR-GENDER ANDORIAN SIBLINGS~~~~~