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I'm attempting to watch every Star Trek episode ever, including the movies and the animated series. That is 546 hrs. I have watched the first 5 episodes of the original series and omg they are so sexist. The way they talk about women and treat women in the series is horrible. I made the comment on twitter that if an Ardat-Yakshi like Morinth was to encounter the federation, all of it, the entire federation is this way it seems, they'd all have their life sucked from them. All of them.

Oh 60's and your sexism. It's crazy to see how far we've come since then. It was okay to have a futuristic show have a character be alarmed because a woman was on the command deck. "Sorry i'm not used to women up here." You break all these boundaries with having different ethnicity then you take two steps back with sexism.

The stories themselves aren't bad it's just so limited do to the technology in those days. Monsters are people in suits.

ALSO even the seductive green dancing lady isn't very seductive when she can't dance....
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  1. Ayen's Avatar
    I'd say. Gene Roddenberry was obsessed with space women. There's an earlier draft of the pilot for The Next Generation where Roddenberry puts a lot of emphasis on Dr. Crusher's appearance.
  2. Spooniest's Avatar
    Roddenberry was an atrocious writer, so they say. His world-building was good, but after a certain point of working in TV (around the beginning of the first season of Star Trek), he couldn't pen a story if you had a gun to his head.

    He never had another hit, the only reason he was kept around was because Paramount was contracturally obligated to allow him to comment on script drafts. After the 45 million dollar disaster (normal movies cost about 8 m in those days) that was The Motion Picture, the suits gave Roddenberry the largely ceremonial title of "Executive Consultant" and proceeded to utterly ignore him until he died.

    And yes, the original Star Trek isn't going to win any awards for promoting progressive gender relations. They were taking baby steps, though. It's difficult to understand how vice-grip repressive the world was back in the 60's. Even today, we're still dealing with all this negative trout, but back then, James Bond was sticking his John Thomas into any hole he could find. Women were disposable plot devices with lots of makeup and physically problematic tailoring.

    It's improved incrementally over the years, but it seemed to take a day off in the 80's for some reason. I'm going to guess cocaine.
  3. Freya's Avatar
    I never knew there were so many issues with gene