The Precarious Women’s Movement

I thought Obama’s claim of a war on women was just political posturing, because surely there can’t be this war on women that he asserts? I must have missed something. Who knew the answer would lie in the futuristic sci-fi TV show-turn-mega-franchise Star Trek.

I watched Bio, a show on some cable network recently as they did a rundown of the Star Trek series. The biopic began with the iconic Captain James T. Kirk, played by equally iconic William Shatner.

Captain Kirk commanded the Starship Enterprise for three seasons, boldly going where no man had gone before. Captain Kirk was truly a bon vivant, and an equal opportunity playboy. Captain Kirk got more “strange” than Wilt Chamberlain, and remains the de facto intergalactic Mack Daddy to this day. Intergalactic children count? Let’s just say, “Clintonian.”

The success of the Star Trek series would later spawned movies and Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) in 1987. Frenchman Patrick Stewart played Jean Luc Piccard, Commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E. In theory this was a good move, because the French are known for their lovemaking. So who better to replace the god of interplanetary philandering, than a Frenchman. As it turned out, Captain Piccard was more of a mini-Mack compared to Captain Kirk. Piccard’s tenure as Captain Piccard lasted 7 years, and as far as we know, he fathered no space children.

By 1993, the time had come for a black man at the helm of a starship, and executive producer Rick Berman selected Avery Brooks of Spenser for Hire fame. Brooks played Hawk in the Spenser, opposite Robert Urich. Hawk was a street-smart tough guy with bald head, goatee, and big booming Negro voice to prove it. In his new Star Trek series Deep Space Nine (DS9) role, Brooks would take on the role of Captain Benjamin Sisko. However, unlike Captains Kirk and Piccard, Captain Sisko had no love interests in the 7 seasons he was the Head Negro in Charge at DS9. It appears Hollywood didn’t want a bunch of inter-galactic “baby mamas” running around the final frontier.

No racism in Star Trek: Check.

However, the Star Trek franchise offered plenty of sexism. So in 1995, the franchise decided it was time for a woman to take the helm of a starship. The first woman accepted the job, but quit after only 2 days of shooting. I refuse to take less money than that black starship captain!

The producer of the Star Trek Voyager speedily replaced the old, first woman captain of a starship with a new woman, namely Kate Mulgrew.

Mulgrew played Captain Janeway, an inter-stellar lady Schick: tough enough for a man, but made for a woman…but not in that Lesbian way.

Mulgrew took her job seriously, and saw her casting as a starship captain as a big deal. In her Bio interview, Mulgrew opined that her role would be so pioneering for women everywhere, she had to get it right.

Failure in my role would be a setback for women…” – Kate Mulgrew

Holy 1950s Batman!?

How egotistical for this woman to believe that if she played the role of a starship captain poorly, she would set back the women’s movement. Exactly how many men are flying starships these days? America has NO REAL STARSHIPS, Kate!

Who knew that the fate of American women hinges on a role in Hollywood? I wonder who cast the women to play the skanks who gave Joe Pesci hummers in his Cadillac in Casino. Those casting directors obviously missed the “Don’t forget the women’s movement” memo.

Or what about the “dancers” at the Bada-Bing club on the Sopranos? I guess they were preparing the women’s movement for Star Trek: Deep Penetration 10?

There is a wide assortment of female vixens on TV and in the movies who have managed not to damage the women’s movement. It must really suck to be a woman in America, to teeter at the edge of destruction on every casting director’s couch…legs wide open, eyes wide shut.

For the record, the most damaging thing to the women’s movement is the women of the women’s movement.

That’s my rant!

© 2012 Kevin Jackson – The Black Sphere, LLC – All Rights Reserved.
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