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holmeswilliam replied to your post: WHEN “STAR TREK” WAS BEING INITIALLY D…

THE WOMEN OF AMERICA, HOWEVER

HERE’S A FACT IN ALL CAPS! A GREAT DEAL OF STAR TREK’S POPULARITY WHILE IT WAS ON THE AIR WAS DUE TO MR. SPOCK’S SEX APPEAL, ESPECIALLY AMONG THOSE FANS WHO HAPPENED TO BE WOMEN AND GIRLS WHO WERE ATTRACTED TO MEN. 

IN FACT, MANY OF THESE FANS ENJOYED THE SHOW LARGELY BECAUSE IT GAVE THEM AN OUTLET TO FANTASIZE ABOUT MR. SPOCK WITHOUT ATTRACTING SUSPICION.

THEY ALSO ENJOYED THE SHOW BECAUSE IT WAS A GOOD SHOW, BUT GIVEN THE STIGMA AGAINST YOUNG WOMEN EXPLORING THEIR SEXUALITY, MR. SPOCK’S UNDERSTATED SEX APPEAL ATTRACTED A LARGE, DEVOTED FANBASE THAT FUELED THE FRANCHISE LONG AFTER THE SERIES WAS CANCELLED.

THE TRUTH IS THAT THE ENDURING POPULARITY OF STAR TREK WAS LARGELY FUELED BY WOMEN AND TEENAGE GIRLS WHO WERE FANS OF THE SHOW, MANY OF WHOM WERE ATTRACTED TO THE PROTAGONISTS, ESPECIALLY SPOCK.

THEY WERE THE ONES LARGELY GENERATING AND CONSUMING THE FANWORKS AT THE CONVENTIONS, AND THEY WERE THE ONES WHO KEPT STAR TREK IN THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS UNTIL IT WAS CLEAR THAT IT WAS STILL A PROFITABLE VENTURE, LEADING TO THE CREATION OF A FILM FRANCHISE AND SEVERAL NEW SERIES.

SO THE NEXT TIME PEOPLE ARE CRITICIZING TEENAGE GIRLS WHO “ONLY STARTED WATCHING THE SHOW BECAUSE THE MAIN CHARACTERS ARE HOT,” THEY SHOULD REMEMBER THAT WE WOULDN’T HAVE 50 YEARS OF STAR TREK IF NOT FOR TEENAGE GIRLS WHOSE INITIAL INTEREST WAS SPARKED BY THEIR ATTRACTION TO THE MAIN CHARACTERS

THE POST-SCRIPT HERE IS THAT YOU USED THE PHRASE “THE WOMEN OF AMERICA” TO DESCRIBE A GROUP THAT YOU HAVE TOLD ME INCLUDES YOU BUT I KNOW FOR A FACT YOU ARE CANADIAN. I ASSUME YOU MEAN NORTH AMERICA?