miss_s_b: Captain Kathryn Janeway (Feminist Heroes: Janeway)
I read this tumblr post and the ensuing discussion with [personal profile] matgb was very interesting. Our conclusion boiled down to that the writers (especially in original Trek) were trying quite hard (but failing due to their own ingrained "benevolent" sexism) to envision a post-sexism society. And, you know, total blind spot for LGBT stuff, but that's a tangent for this post, as is the undoubted and well-documented actual sexism of the studio and production team.

Mat mentioned the oft-cited canard about Uhura:
all she did was answer the phone! She was just a receptionist, not anyone important!
and I'd like to unpack the sexism in just that statement for a moment.
  • All she did was be the receptionist - no she didn't. She gets left in charge in several episodes when the boys go on a redshirt-killing away team lark.

  • All she did was be the receptionist - you mean she was the signals officer? Because my brother is a signals officer in the British army, and let me tell you they are pretty well respected. The first thing any smart enemy tries to do is take down communications. Signals officer is both dangerous AND highly skilled.

  • All she did was be the receptionist - except for all those times she fixes the consoles, and goes on away teams (admittedly this is more common in animated and film eps, but still).
Even if all she did was be the receptionist was actually true, do you know why we sniffily dismiss the people who negotiate with external agencies on our behalf, answer queries, let people know what we're doing, make our appointments, arrange our diaries and generally sort out our shit? Because it's women's work. And that's the biggest indicator of sexism of all.

OK, I'm getting off my high horse now. Laters ;)
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We geeks might be kicking against the pricks over here in the UK, but in the US we've actually infiltrated the White House. Pictorial evidence:

(image via DC Women Kicking Ass)

Live Long and Prosper indeed, Mr Obama.
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miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Roslin/adama)
Finally getting around to doing last week's [community profile] fannish5: Name your five favourite fictional marriages.

  1. Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart and Sgt Benton (Doctor Who). Nobody is ever, EVER going to convince me that Doris is not a post-op Benton. Right from Benton's first appearance in The Invasion she is clearly in love with the Brig, and there are LOADS of bits of body language throughout the UNIT era between the two characters which suggest at something a lot more than a professional relationship. And then in Battlefield, where you get Doris with lots of screentime, the Brig actually refers to her as Benton in the garden centre. It's a very sweet relationship, and a victory for trans acceptance.

  2. Lady Sybil Ramkin and Sam Vimes and Carrot and Angua (Discworld). These two are one entry because they are essentially the same relationship dynamic, just with different specifics. Both feature a strong, powerful woman, and a man who is empowered, rather than emasculated, by having a relationship with a strong, powerful woman. Hollywood scriptwriters, take note.

  3. Bill Adama and President Roslin (new Battlestar Galactica). Shipped them from Season 1 of BSG, and my ship came in. Despite my issues with the ending of BSG, the relationship between these two characters is beautiful, complex, and well-realised.

  4. Sarah-Jane Smith and Peter (The Sarah-Jane Adventures). Although it was set up as a sham by the Trickster, Sarah-Jane and Peter's love for each other was very real, and Peter's moment of self-sacrifice at the end of the story is so quietly, understatedly noble... And, you know, Nigel Havers. I would.

  5. Spock and James T Kirk (Star Trek TOS). This is totally not just an excuse to post this (NSFW) video again:
I was trying to think of a Batverse one, but apart from Animated Series Harvey Dent and Pamela Isley (which only got as far as engagement) there isn't really a Batverse relationship that I don't have issues with for one reason or another...

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Will Howells has just made a comment on twitter that reminded me of one of the things that struck me at conference.

Cleggy is Captain Kirk.

No, seriously, stay with me on this one.

Kirk has a kind of gung-ho charm, and his heart's mostly in the right place, but he ain't all that as far as captaincy goes. What he has got, in Spock and McCoy and Sulu and Scotty and Uhura and Chekov and even Nurse Chapel, is a top notch team. He also has the management skills to deploy them where their talents are best suited, even if this means bending the rules a bit sometimes. I also suspect that Kirk's had at least 30 ladies.

The problem we have, as a party, is that we have a Sulu in Chris Huhne, and an Uhura in Jo Swinson, and a Janice Rand in Lynne Featherstone, and a Nurse Chapel in El Presidente... But the whole rest of the party is stuffed full of Spocks, and much as I adore the Spockster, we really could do with a McCoy or two to balance things up.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 09:41 pm
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Cinema Tickets for two adults and one child: £18
Popcorn: £2.50
Bottled water: Free (we brought it from home)
[personal profile] amazing_holly's first trip to the cinema being such an amazing film? PRICELESS.

So, yeah, we spent our lottery winnings on going to see the new Star Trek film. And at some bits Holly had to hold my hand. And at some bits we hugged. And at some bits we giggled. And when SPOILER! ) she said SPOILER! ) But best of all was at the end when SPOILER! ).

Oh man, that was amazing. And as the credits rolled she started sniffling, and tears rolling down her face, and I asked her what was wrong. She said I'm sad it's over, mummy!

That's my girl.

Oh yeah, [personal profile] matgb and I really enjoyed it too. Might be a proper review later when I come down from my high.


Stuff and thingies...

Saturday, May 9th, 2009 01:03 am
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Tonight was the Greetland and Stainland branch quiz night. click here for fascinating Lib Demmery )

Other stuff:
  • There was an amusing bit of advice for Jobseekers in the local rag today. It said that 9/10 jobs are now advertised online, and if you don't have access to the internet you can get free access at your local UK Online centre. To find your local UK online centre, log on to www.ukonlinecentres.co.uk

  • The Geeka Chicas poll is on Trek captains this month. Look to the right sidebar of the linked page and VOTE JANEWAY!

  • Stephen Tall wants me to do a meme. He wants me to name seven reasons why I joined the Lib Dems. There's only one, really. I was drunk, and Mat signed me up, after months of trying to persuade me. I'm bloody glad he did, though. Before I joined, I felt the way a lot of people feel - there's nothing I can do to change things, they're all the same, we'd have been better off if Guy Fawkes hadn't been so cack-handed, etc. etc. et bloody cetera. Now I know I can make a difference, because I have done. I've helped to formulate policy. I've met and spoken to and argued with national political figures. I've helped a winning presidential campaign, and I've become a press and communications officer. None of it has made me any money - the gravy train doesn't seem to stop at Lib Dem stations - but that doesn't matter, because this isn't about me. Well, it is, but it's about you as well. It's about making life that bit less grindingly sucky for ALL of us. And I have a fire in my belly that I can do something about that. So yeah, there was only one reason why I joined. But there's a multitude why I RENEWED.

And now, it's definitely time for bed. I need to digest all this rhubarb. TTYL, lovely bloggy people.


Friday, January 25th, 2008 11:05 pm
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.. I are sat in bed, having walked the dogs under a clear-as-a-bell starry sky, wiv my Mat, watching old Trek. My belly is full of rm and raisin ice cream, and I can has snuggles. It doesn't get any better than this. Sure, there are people who are richer than me,or have more stuff than me, or are more approved of by society than me, but I don't think there's anyone happier than me.

Star Trek

Monday, January 14th, 2008 01:26 am
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Continuing the Old Trek Marathon started here tonight, with a nice glass of G&T and Somnus on so that I fall straight asleep after this episode. It's the one with the giant condom in space.

Weirdly, Mister Mat hadn't heard the Captain Kirk's Ears joke before tonight. I don't think he'll forgive me for relieving him of his blissful ignorance...

click for terrible joke )

Anyway, Commodore Decker has just been relieved of duty, so I shall see you all tomorrow; I'm going to watch the exciting conclusion and then go to sleep.

Night night.

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