I like Star Trek – I watched the original series ‘Star Trek’ and the series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, ‘Star Trek: Voyager’, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ and have seen most of the movies. Star Trek was far beyond its time with creating and writing of this franchise. It has been quite a while since I have seen anything Star Trek, but one episode of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ has always stood out.
From jammersreviews.com –
The Enterprise comes to the assistance of the Genai, a race that has no gender, to help retrieve the crew of a shuttle that went missing in a mysterious void of “null space.” Riker teams up with one of the Genai, named Soren (Melinda Culea), and in the process of their investigation Riker learns more about Soren and the Genai society.
It turns out that the Genai once had male and female sexes but have since “evolved” into asexual beings — their current-day reproduction involves a baby being grown in a husk or something — but occasionally there are some Genai who identify with one gender or the other. Such identifications are forbidden and those individuals are subject to a psychotherapy “treatment” that eradicates those “abnormal” feelings.
From the 1992 Star Trek Next Generation episode titled ‘The Outcast’ script –
SOREN: I am tired of lies. I am female. I was born that way. I have had those feelings, those longings, all of my life. It is not unnatural. I am not sick because I feel this way. I do not need to be helped. I do not need to be cured. What I need, and what all of those who are like me need, is your understanding and your compassion. We have not injured you in any way. And yet, we are scorned and attacked. And all because we are different. What we do is no different from what you do. We talk and laugh. We complain about work and we wonder about growing old. We talk about our families, and we worry about the future. And we cry with each other when things seem hopeless. All of the loving things that you do with each other, that is what we do. And for that we are called misfits and deviants and criminals. What right do you have to punish us? What right do you have to change us? What makes you think you can dictate how people love each other?
From the 2016 spearfruit blog –
I intentionally decided not to explain the reason for this post, but instead will leave it up to you the readers to interpret it.