Feminism and Star Trek

by | June 9, 2013
filed under Feminism, Pop Culture

WhatAreLittleGirlsMadeOfby Jarrah Hodge

I have had the best week ever. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been a fan of Star Trek since I was a really little kid. There are few things I enjoy more than combining my passion for feminism with my love of Star Trek and other geeky things. That’s part of what led me to write my “Revenge of the Feminerd” column at Bitch blogs in 2011.

Anyhow, this week I found out my panel proposal for Geek Girl Con 2013, “Is Star Trek a Feminist Utopia?”, was accepted! Within a couple of days I had tracked down some other super cool panelists, including Tanya from Geekquality, Jamala Henderson from KUOW radio, and Mary Czerwinski of The Televixen and the DVD Geeks podcast. If you’re around the Seattle area in October, you should totally come check out Geek Girl Con. I’ve attended the last two years and am really excited to participate this year with these other awesome panelists.

As if that weren’t exciting enough, thanks to Mary I’ll also be coming down to Las Vegas in August to participate in her Trek Girls panel at Star Trek: Las Vegas!

Basically, I am as excited as a Ferengi rolling in a pile of latinum.

So now I have started the most fun homework project ever: an in-depth exploration of feminism and Star Trek, going episode-by-episode through all the series. If you’re a Trekkie and want to geek out with me, you can follow along at my new Tumblr, Trekkie Feminist. I’ll be doing slightly tongue-in-cheek episode recaps, shouting out some of my favourite women characters and poking loving fun at some of the failures in representation of women, people of colour, and LGBT people. I’m taking requests for specific episodes to watch and analyze, so if you have a suggestion, comment below!

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