Oh my god. This kitten is named LeVar Purrton.
Reblog for Star Trek.
Ignore for a soul-crushing sense of being alone in the universe.
When 90% of the captains in the Federation are white dudes, one has to start wondering at what point should we start realizing that we are assigning our contemporary privileges on to a show that is supposed to be about progress.
Furthermore, identity politics are important in television because television doesn’t represent us. I once saw Avery Brooks, and someone asked him what the biggest change in Hollywood has been since he started, and he said that it was nothing. That he was still waiting for the change. That he was still waiting for Hollywood look like the world.
We need identity representation in the media because it doesn’t exist, whether you like it or not.
As such, Brooks’ position has always been interesting to me. In Star Trek, his character isn’t defined by race, as you sort of point out. Yet, the first thing we think about when we think of Sisko is that he was the first black captain. That should let you know how important these two contexts a show lies are. There is what it supposed to be, and then there is what it is.
Let’s face it. The original series of Star Trek was a mess of sexism and neo-colonialism, and TNG has more than a few problems smoothing over cultures to fit Federation standards, and then touting it as a good thing. Star Trek isn’t perfect because the people of today write it, and that’s worth looking at it. That’s why identity in Star Trek is important."
Alison “Boom” Baumgartner, (Comment on “Who Will Be the Next Star Trek Captain”)
Quark is bisexual and biromantic but it takes him years to acknowledge the second one because among male Ferengi, bisexuality is totally normal but sex is traditionally a boss/employee power play thing, and if you fall in love with someone in that cultural context they are going to take advantage of you. (And Quark lives in constant fear of people finding out that he’s as much of a romantic as Rom.) He was interested in Pel before learning she was crossdressing, but it scared him because he had been successfully ignoring that aspect of his desire for years. And his interest in Nilva in Profit and Lace (ugh) had nothing to do with “female hormones”. Don’t worry, he comes to terms with it eventually. Can’t spend too much time off of Ferenginar without realizing that there are a lot of other ways to do relationships.
The fight music from the Star Trek episode “Amok Time”.
Let me play you the song of my people.
Why is this day different from all others? Because today, September 15th, we celebrate K/S Day, the anniversary of the first airing of the “Amok Time” episode of The Original Series. Happy K/S Day to all Spirk lovers everywhere!
I DIDNT EVEN REALIZE ALL MY FIC REC REBLOGS WERE APPROPRIATE!
HAPPY K/S DAY ALL YOU SLASHERS