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Star Trek Uniforms

Whether the Star Trek TOS uniforms were sexist is very debateable. The miniskirt around the time TOS started was used as a symbol of women’s lib. The timeline is a bit hard to pin down, but it’s at least plausible that Gene dressed women of the future in miniskirts for that reason. (The reboot, however, has no excuse. Keeping the skirt was bullshit from a movie that specialized in bullshit).

Turns out it was even more bullshit a move than I remember it having been. :(

While miniskirts and similar length dresses were indeed the fashion at the time of the original series, and Nichelle Nichols has said she didn’t see any fundamental difference between wearing them on the street and on the air, any connection the uniform had to the ethos of women’s liberation was not positive. It was all about pandering to sexist notions of appropriate female attire (as ironic as that sounds).

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thetrekkiehasthephonebox:

Sources:
Star Trek (2009) Bechdel Test
Star Trek Into Darkness Bechdel Test
Interview with Gene Roddenberry
Star Trek (2009) Budget
Star Trek Into Darkness Budget

Because I’ve been thinking about all of this a lot lately, and I decided I should probably channel that thought into something.

Not to mention that the reboot’s female uniforms exclude all indication of rank. Even the original series quite arguably sexist miniskirt look — and of all the things kept and changed, of course they decided to keep that — gave the women full sleeves in order to display their ranks on their cuffs.

[x] Gates McFadden on the role of women in Star Trek (1993)

Worf: Deanna, how do you know so much about this period in Earth’s history?
Deanna: My father used to read me stories from the Ancient West when I was a little girl. I must admit, I always wanted to play the part of the Mysterious Stranger. 

Star Trek, pitched to the netwok as “Wagon Train to the stars!”, getting back to its roots thanks to yet another stupid holodeck malfunction (clearly, OH&S just isn’t a concern in the 24th Century).

amayakumiko:

thetrekkiehasthephonebox:

Christopher: A woman?
Kirk: A crewman.

OH LOOK AT THAT THE 1960S

AND SHE’S IN COMMAND GOLD FUCKERS.

She’s not in Medical blue, a caretaking, feminine role.  

Those in Gold were either OFFICERS, NAVIGATORS, PILOTS, TACTICAL OFFICERS, or WEAPONS SPECIALISTS.  

northstarfan:

the-dreaming-grass:

Guess what, Niners?

Here we go. Meet
Chief Molly O’Brien
Dr. Juliet Bashir
Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Lt. Cmdr. Jadzen Dax
Captain Bethany Sisko
Major Kira Noren
Constable Odo
Alima Garak
and Quark.

I know, I left some people out. Of course I left some people out. It’s Deep Space Nine. Damn thing’s bigger on the inside.

The best part of this was coming up with Garak and Quark’s ludicrous outfits. The costume design, you guys. Trek would not be the same without it. Team Bajor and Team One-Liners totally beat Team Starfleet on sheer quantity of colors used.

Speaking of Team Gets All The Best Lines In the Show, here’s a little bit about Quark (if Gaila is a male name, I see no reason why Quark can’t be a female name, even if it probably wasn’t the one she was born with.)

Quark was born a businessman. The fact that she was also born a female was Ferenginar’s problem, not hers. Of course, the FCA wouldn’t see it that way, so, with a pair of fake ears in one hand and the seventy-fifth Rule of Acquisition in the other, she set out across the stars to seek her fortune. Somehow, this landed her on a flying waste extraction unit way out in Bajoran space, where putting up with the Cardassians and keeping her stupid brother out of trouble quickly outstripped her gender on her list of problems. When the FCA inevitably found out and revoked her business license, Quark decided that, after surviving the Occupation, the Federation, and that time when all the Dabo girls caught the Ankaran flu at the same time, a little thing like excommunication from the Ferengi Alliance couldn’t do a damn thing to hold her back. She had nothing left to lose. So she sold the fake ears at a 175% markup, sent Odo the full Vulcan Love Slave anthology as thanks for keeping her mouth shut all these years (because of course that damn shapeshifter had known all along, of course), and resumed gouging customers, rigging tables, watering drinks - in other words, business as usual. She was no activist; she was a businessman, and she had a bar to run.

…fem!Quark sounds about 100% more interesting than  canon Quark.

intergalacticexplorer:

What if TOS had 900% more central female characters?

(Since I don’t want to stretch your dashboards any more than I have already, I’ve written some thoughts about the characters and the process that went into making the graphics under the cut.)

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Nichelle Nichols frequently tells a story of getting into a dispute with director Marc Daniels over the filming of this episode. As it had already been established that Uhura’s first language was Swahili, Nichols believed that, after her mind was erased, Uhura would revert to her first language. However, as Nichols herself did not speak Swahili, Daniels wanted Uhura to just speak English. Nichols refused to, telling Daniels, “Nichelle Nichols doesn’t speak Swahili, but Uhura does!” Gene Roddenberry was eventually brought in to settle the dispute, and he sided with Nichols. A linguist specializing in Swahili was then brought in to write the few lines of Swahili that are spoken in the episode. (Memory Alpha)
Nichelle Nichols frequently tells a story of getting into a dispute with director Marc Daniels over the filming of this episode. As it had already been established that Uhura’s first language was Swahili, Nichols believed that, after her mind was erased, Uhura would revert to her first language. However, as Nichols herself did not speak Swahili, Daniels wanted Uhura to just speak English. Nichols refused to, telling Daniels, “Nichelle Nichols doesn’t speak Swahili, but Uhura does!” Gene Roddenberry was eventually brought in to settle the dispute, and he sided with Nichols. A linguist specializing in Swahili was then brought in to write the few lines of Swahili that are spoken in the episode. (Memory Alpha)

dropkickbatarang:

yasminliang:

A peek at the first seven pages of Star Trek #29 via startrek.com with my interiors. Out January 29th from IDW!

Can’t wait!

I want this to be the basis for the next movie.