Women of Star Trek

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Women of Star Trek

Star Trek The Original Series was created by Gene Roddenberry and was seen for three seasons on the NBC TV network from 1966 to 1969. It showed the adventures of Capt James T Kirk (played by William Shatner) and his starship USS Enterprise crew as they explored the universe’s wide open space to go to places no one has never gone before. At its time, the series was considered culturally influential as it offered progressive ideas no one has yet thought or did before on mainstream American television. Its multi racial cast and female characters who worked on equal footing with their male counterparts were ahead of its time. However, since the show went off the air, it has been accused of being sexist. The reason for this was mainly due to the test audience results done on an original pilot that showed a female character called Number One who was disliked by both male and female audiences. The character was seen as pushy, annoying and trying too hard to fit in with the men. This lead the series to discard any masculine qualities from any female characters. Changes made to the series were visually seen with the female characters’ costume. Though the costume was initially meant to be unisex, the female Starfleet was seen in close-fitting short tunics that highlighted the women’s legs and curves. But the characters eventually evolved as the Star Trek franchise got bigger. Female characters in the recent Star Trek series and movies were able to hold their own among the male leads. See for yourself how far the women of Star Trek has changed through the years.