- My first post at The Geek Anthropologist is about why I started Trekkie Feminist and how my sociology background plays into my analysis.
- I followed up with a review of Sexual Generations: Star Trek: The Next Generation and Gender by Robin Roberts.
- Celebrate Klingon women with this Tor.com article by Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer.
- Any NASA history geeks in the house? Check out this article about the debate over naming the space shuttle “Enterprise” (at io9).
- Anyone find it weird that Winona Ryder was cast to play Zachary Quinto’s mom when she’s only 6 years older than him? Well it’s all part of a bigger trend that’s explored in this great article at Vulture.
- “Why the Bechdel Test Is More Important Than You Realize” by Charlie Jane Anders at io9
Here’s one part that really resonated with me:
Perhaps the greatest complaint about the Bechdel Test, though, is the notion that it ends conversations instead of starting them. You just check the boxes and mark a movie “pass” or “fail.” But that one is definitely not true — the Bechdel Test is often a part, or the beginning, of a larger and more complicated conversation about female representation in movies.
That’s something I’ve seen proven true time and again going through testing Star Trek: in spite of or maybe even because of the test’s limitations, it’s started a new and furthered existing discussions on women’s roles in Trek and the responsibility of those behind the scenes to improve things.
- And next time you’re feeling down, check out this Buzzfeed list of 46 times Captain Janeway was so sassy it hurt.