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Star Trek, Online Communities, And the Need for Strong Comment Moderation Policies

“Leave any bigotry in your quarters; there’s no room for it on the bridge.” – Captain Kirk, “The Balance of Terror”

But while bigotry may not have a place on the Enterprise’s bridge in the 23rd century, here in the 21st it apparently has a place on the official Star Trek Facebook page, where a small number of very loud fans have decided to repeatedly share sexist, racist, and homophobic comments.

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Not only does Dax's figment not do anything to characterize her, it's purely a plot device to the point of following different rules from the others. They're equivocating senses of "imagine": everyone else got something they *fantasized* (good or bad), Dax got something she *hypothesized.* Unless you picture Dax daydreaming about what it would be like if there were a subspace rupture. Dax doesn't get a fantasy life at all; her figment's only purpose is to resolve the plot. :P
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That’s another really great way of putting it (re: "If Wishes Were Horses").

Posted 3 days ago

DS9 1X16 “If Wishes Were Horses”

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I am about as impressed with this episode as Rumplestiltskin looks in this photo, which is to say, not very.

The plot is basically thus:

1. Odo is cranky. Bashir is disappointed Dax still doesn’t want to go out with him, even though he’s flirting with anything else that moves, and Dax considering you a “wonderful friend” is actually a huge f*cking compliment.

2. Crew members’ dreams come to life. That means Rumplestiltskin appears after O’Brien reads Molly a bedtime story, Sisko’s favourite baseball player Buck Bokai turns up, and Bashir wakes up next to his dream sex-kitten version of Dax. Betcha can guess which part I had the biggest issue with.

3. Spatial anomaly threatens to destroy the station. No one connects that to the presence of the dream people/figments.

4. Sisko realizes the anomaly is also a dream and everyone just needs to stop believing it.

5. Figments are actually aliens trying to learn more about human imagination. Buck Bokai alien gives Sisko a baseball and refuses to give us any other information (This does not satisfy me!). The end.

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Before I get into the fantasy Dax discussion, I’ll highlight a couple other things that bug me about this episode.

  • I find it really disappointing that we get to see Quark’s fantasy girls AND Bashir’s fantasy girl but we never get to see anything from Dax’s or Kira’s imagination. Basically we get a peek into the minds of five men (Sisko, Bashir, O’Brien, Quark, and a tiny bit of Odo) and for two of them that means imagining submissive women ready to please them.

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The thing about Dax2 sex-kitten thing was extra weird and uncomfortable when you consider that Dax is a really sexy fun-time-loving kind of woman. She is so open about relationships and her sexuality she makes Worf uncomfortable (and Klingons are not exactly prudes). She sometimes dates a guy whose brain shows through his skull! She gambles with Ferengis! She is not a cold fish at all on any level! So what Bashir seems to have a problem with is that she is in control of her own sexuality and that she is confident in her own skin. And that implication starts slinking to some really uncomfortable areas with a submissive Dax-figment. 

Well said.

Posted 3 days ago

When Funko came out with their first Trek Pop! Vinyls I was pretty disappointed, as I wrote about here. But then I found out that you can buy blank ones to make your own custom figures! 

This Captain Janeway one was my first attempt and it’s not 100% perfect but I’m pretty happy with it. Used air-dry modelling clay to make her hair, shoulder pads, sleeves and pant legs, and paint for the rest.

I’m still waiting on more official figures of the Trek women, though! 

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About your review to "If wishes were horses": we get to see Dax's and Kira's imagination. Dax imagines the increased thoron emissions in the plasma field that later turn into that void, and Kira imagines the fiery blast.
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Thanks for the note. Why I didn’t mention those aspects is that we don’t get the same time spent on those figments or why they were imagined, whereas we get that info for the men’s figments.

For Kira, it’s never even explicitly stated that she was the one imagining the fire. Kira sees the fire and a burning man running towards her. It’s possible that was triggered by something she experienced during the Occupation, and if so, saying that would help tell us something about the character. Because they never say anything specifically, it’s also possible the burning man imagined it and she just walked in on it, like Odo didn’t imagine the snowstorms or the “gunji jackdaw.”

And this is the only dialogue we get on Dax’s imagination:

Sisko: And if I remember correctly, you said that your previous scans hadn’t picked up any anomalies at all.
Dax: I thought that whatever was out there was too small for the scanners to identify.
Sisko: So you imagined that we had a subspace rupture, and that’s exactly what it turned out to be.
Dax: That is what I imagined.

So it doesn’t give us a glimpse of her inner workings, or really tell us anything except “Dax is a science officer,” which we already knew. 

Thanks for pointing that out. Hopefully this addresses why I didn’t touch on that, but I maybe should’ve gone into more detail in the OP.

Posted 4 days ago

DS9 1X16 “If Wishes Were Horses”

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I am about as impressed with this episode as Rumplestiltskin looks in this photo, which is to say, not very.

The plot is basically thus:

1. Odo is cranky. Bashir is disappointed Dax still doesn’t want to go out with him, even though he’s flirting with anything else that moves, and Dax considering you a “wonderful friend” is actually a huge f*cking compliment.

2. Crew members’ dreams come to life. That means Rumplestiltskin appears after O’Brien reads Molly a bedtime story, Sisko’s favourite baseball player Buck Bokai turns up, and Bashir wakes up next to his dream sex-kitten version of Dax. Betcha can guess which part I had the biggest issue with.

3. Spatial anomaly threatens to destroy the station. No one connects that to the presence of the dream people/figments.

4. Sisko realizes the anomaly is also a dream and everyone just needs to stop believing it.

5. Figments are actually aliens trying to learn more about human imagination. Buck Bokai alien gives Sisko a baseball and refuses to give us any other information (This does not satisfy me!). The end.

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Before I get into the fantasy Dax discussion, I’ll highlight a couple other things that bug me about this episode.

  • I find it really disappointing that we get to see Quark’s fantasy girls AND Bashir’s fantasy girl but we never get to see anything from Dax’s or Kira’s imagination. Basically we get a peek into the minds of five men (Sisko, Bashir, O’Brien, Quark, and a tiny bit of Odo) and for two of them that means imagining submissive women ready to please them.

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Posted 6 days ago

More Examples of Why Star Trek’s Facebook Page Needs a Strong Comments Policy

If you head over to the official Star Trek Facebook page it’s not hard to find more recent sexist, racist and homophobic comments than those we collected as examples to demonstrate to CBS and StarTrek.com why they need a comments policy and moderation. 

I’m thrilled that we’ve collected over 700 signatures on our petition in the first week. And just as importantly, we’ve had many, many people talking about their experiences with the official Star Trek Facebook page and their vision for how it could change to really embrace infinite diversity in infinite combinations.

But we have a new goal: 1,500 signatures by the end of the month (Tuesday). If every person who’s signed can get one more person to sign, we’ll be just a hair’s breadth away! I know you, Tumblr - you can do it! 

If you’ve already signed the petition, fabulous! Please take a minute to share the link on your Facebook and/or Twitter as well as your Tumblr. Email your fellow Trek fans.

If you’ve already signed, don’t feel like you have to look at these new examples - but if you feel inclined or if you haven’t signed yet and need some more reasons, see the new screencaps after the jump!

Trigger warning for racism and sexism, including rape jokes.

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How Does Your Favorite Star Trek Series Fare on the Bechdel Test?

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I posted a version of this once but …. I worship Captain Janeway and will forever point out that Voyager kicked ass on this test.

Boom, Muthafucka! You’ve been Janewayed!

JANEWAYED!!!

I helped compile some of the data for Jarah! It was so much fun studying the eps and horrifying when they didn’t pass…

Gaa! I love first of all that the project got made into an awesome graphic post, and second, that I can now use the phrase, “You’ve been Janewayed.”

There have been two small corrections since the Mary Sue article and graphs were published and unfortunately I haven’t had time to update the graphs yet. Luckily they don’t change the series’ relative positions.

So just posting here for accuracy’s sake: TOS is at 8.8% (I missed “By Any Other Name”, which passes) and Voyager is at 93.8% in Season 1 and 87.5% overall. Initially I had counted “Caretaker” as a fail when in fact it passes because Janeway talks to Kes about the tunnels going down to the Ocampa settlement.

Thanks again for sharing!