A friend just shared something rather interesting in chat with me:
(9:42:40 AM): Btw, something you might want to do for Hathor. I had a talk with a male friend who insisted the new Star Trek movie was made only for women.
(9:42:44 AM): And I stared at him, shocked.
(9:42:53 AM): Apparently character interaction is for girls.
(9:43:13 AM): So I countered, “Oh, were Uhura and Gaila talking about communications in their underwear also for men?”
(9:43:17 AM): women, even
(9:43:45 AM): He stopped, and went, “Oh.”
Responses? What we’re looking at here is a faulty observation, acknowledged to have been faulty once the other person points out the flaw. The fact that he made the observation is less interesting to me than why he made it. Boys undergo a shocking amount of conditioning to reach a point where feelings bore them and/or make them uncomfortable, and girls are also heavily conditioned to put emotions ahead of actions or logic. I always wonder in cases like this, is it really that he feels that way, or feels he’s supposed to feel that way? Or has he perhaps gotten this idea from a misogynistic pal who sees merely including women as an act of stealing something from men? It certainly has that ring. “Hey, not quite every second and frame was dedicated to explosions and or female semi-nudity! Therefore, we men have been robbed!”
A secondary question: was the original Star Trek ever not full of character interaction and emotional drama amidst all the cool action?