Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Homosexuality and Star Trek

Referencing a small discussion I was having in the comments section of my latest Star Trek: The Next Generation post, I ended up running across this article about the distinct lack of--and even rejection of--homosexuality in the Star Trek universe. It's a much more thoughtful article than I could have put together, and I agree with the author that the issue with this is not the issue (or non-issue) of homosexuality, but the way the rejection of any homosexual influence in the future damages the moral credibility of Star Trek's utopian vision.

Very thoughtful, on-target reading.


Will said...

ST:TNG is a corporate profit making venture, so there is a need by Paramount to avoid controversy. They stick to acceptable morals like racial prejudice is bad m'kay.

Tallulah Morehead said...

Well since we homosexuals don't breed, we'd all died out by the 23rd Century. Yeah, that's the ticket.

The episode where Dr. Crusher fell in love with an alien guy, and then he changed "hosts" and became a woman, and Dr. Crusher had a total freak out of homosexual panic (I don't remember the name of the episode after 20 years), I thought, touched on the issue rather tellingly, but yes, Doctor Who's bi-sexual universe is a lot more believable than Star Trek's all-straight universe. However, Starfleet's uniforms PROVE that there were no gay people then.