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About Gaila (and Orion Girls) Space Jezebels? [Jan. 10th, 2010|10:02 pm]
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They're like animals-- vicious, seductive.
They say no human male can resist them.

That's a line from The Menegarie Part II. Given Gaila's popularity, it occurred to me that the role she played, well the size of it at least, is what I expected from Uhura.

I also think that were that the case, Uhura would not have had as much fandom attention as Gaila has had in the same situation. Which is interesting given that Orions, are pretty much Space Jezebels, in my eyes.

It's another case of the created other garnering more sympathy/attention than the real ones.

Discussion was had last week in teamgaila  but I wanted to get other opinions on this.

What do you think?
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Edith Keeler is dead to me [Jul. 24th, 2009|09:47 am]
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The blatantly racist and sexist bile spewed by Harlan Ellison pretty much makes it impossible for me to ever enjoy "The City on the Edge of Forever" again or anything else this man has ever touched.

Way to soil your legacy in your later years, dude.
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The Appropriation of Queer Issues to Promote K/S Slash [Jul. 24th, 2009|10:52 am]
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[Current Mood |pissed offpissed off]

So Kirk and Spock have been having an epic (Slash) love affair for 40 years, of this there is no doubt. They are the Slash couple. They are in fact, as far as I'm aware, the namers of the genre, names after the "/" that goes between their names: Kirk(Slash)Spock.

In canon they are the best of friends - in the New!Canon they are primed to be quite good friends with an ally of their own at their sides, Uhura backing Spock and Bones backing Kirk.

The old dynamic refurbished for the 21st century, I like it. It was refreshing see a successful relationship happening aboard the enterprise, especially between Uhura and Spock, whose differences in manner and temperament make the whole thing so damn pretty.

My own fannisheness aside.

Star Trek as a franchise, in the 60's and to a certain extent up until the 80's was considered ahead of its time (hah!) when it came to representation of charterers and social issues. That isn't to say it wasn't or isn't flaws, we all know it is, but the ideal of Star Trek is that of the IDIC as much as it is to Boldly Go...

Now here's the pickle.
To Boldly Go... and the idea of IDIC aren't the co-optation and appropriation of Real Life issues and Human Rights in order to push a pairing a very particular and overly fethishised NON-Canon pairing in the name of Equality.

No really, it is not! More details and coherent ranting under the cutCollapse )
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"There...are...TWO LIGHTS!" [Jun. 10th, 2009|12:11 am]
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This seems to be the year for really problematic TOS tchotchkes from Hallmark:

Poor Captain Pike!
Relive moments from Star Trek's beloved two-part episode featuring the radiation-scarred Captain Christopher Pike.

Hear Spock and Captain Kirk speak and see Captain Pike's light flash. Battery operated. By Anita Marra Rogers. 3 1/4" H.


There's a video of the button being pressed, and you can hear the sound also. (The soundbite they give is more amusing if you pretend it's from a slashy scene.) The video is particularly appalling, as it demonstrates that the gist of this little "keepsake" is that Kirk and Spock talk to each other over the inert, furniture-like Pike. They discuss Pike's fate and what they'll do with him (he gets no say in the matter), and the most he can do is flash his little light and beep with a vocabulary more limited that R2-D2's.

Somehow I don't think I'll be getting "The Menagerie" for my friends who use wheelchairs -- or anyone else.

(Linked via BoingBoing and charliegrrrl.)
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(no subject) [Jun. 9th, 2009|10:59 pm]
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I was absolutely horrified when I saw this post about an original series Uhura Christmas ornament.

See if you can spot why.

I really need to get a *headdesk* icon, but failing that, this is the best I've got.
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People. [Jun. 7th, 2009|08:44 pm]
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If you havent read Nichelle Nichols' autobiography? Catch a case if you have to, but get your hands on a copy and read it! By page 21 she was already dropping science about Black women's (nonexistent) status in pre-civil rights America, based on the experiences of her (mixed race) family. She is brutally honest. Go get it.

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Interesting posts at uhuranspock4foc beyond racefail [Jun. 7th, 2009|10:46 pm]
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[Current Mood |curiouscurious]

Anyway, you might want to check out . . .

On Writing and Such

Reading Color When Not

Spock and ethnic body language

Spock and Black women's body image

We could use some more fic, fanart, and fanmixes, though! *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*
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"A Diaspora Character if ever there was one" [Jun. 5th, 2009|09:15 pm]
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[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]

The origins of Spock as the "Other", the "Outsider" and the Vulcan salute:

As an agnosto-atheist, the whole idea of the essence of god thing doesn't really do it for me.
However, I come from a family of Kohanim (the Priest tribe of the Jewish people) and the one time a year I do attend shul (synagogue) it's to hear and sing "Kol Nidrei" and to see my father and brother bless the congregation.
The shul my family attends isn't Orthodox, it's very egalitarian(1) - women wear kippah and tallitot, etc.

Everything Leonard Nimoy said there, I find it rings so true to the way I perceive Judaism, though not the kind that I ever experienced, nor do I think will I ever, considering where I am from and the fact that one must believe.
Which, as I've mentioned, I do not.
Like Roddenberry, I'd consider myself a Humanist, despite the problematic history of that word, but I'm a bit too Jewish for that so I like this(2) more than anything else.

(1)Though not enough for daughters of Kohanim to be able to go up to the Bimah and bless the congregation.
(2)Humanistic Judaism

X-Posted to my LJ
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Humanity don't mean White, and Vulcan ain't a Vulcan name! [Jun. 1st, 2009|01:09 am]
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Check it out here!
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"He speaks so well!" - Sulu as Asian anti-stereotype [May. 31st, 2009|02:56 am]
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[Current Mood |calmcalm]

When I watched Star Trek, my initial Enterprise crush was on Sulu. It's not just because he had that compact physique I was so fond of, but also because . . .
  • an Asian man had a way of speaking that made everything he said sound like poetry
  • the voice of that same Asian man conveyed sensual masculinity
  • I mean, seriously, George Takei is like . . . the Asian Barry White
  • no stereotypical "Engrish" coming out of his mouth
  • nothing he did was an "ancient Chinese secret"
  • said, "Don't call me Tiny" after he laid the smack-down!
And while I think it could be argued that Sulu is completely whitewashed, there's something about the character - or George Takei's acting - that makes me feel like something about Sulu being Asian is incredibly wonderful and unique - something that enhances the character in a real way. I wish I could put my finger on it, though. Any ideas?

(OT: Much love to Jet Li - one of my favorite outta wedlock baby daddies)
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