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  4. midnight0-0 said: No lie, I have actually gone through your entire blog reading these great posts. They've me feel so much better during a slightly difficult time and I jus want to thank you guys on being so clever and wonderful. Live long and prosper.

    That’s amazing, you’re amazing.  Hope you found a few favorites. 

    Clever and wonderful?  Wow, thanks!  You’re super sweet and I hope everything gets better for you.  

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    LLAP!

    - Sally

     
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  11. megglesthetribble said: So I've only seen wolf in the fold once, because the idea of being falsely accused of crime breaks my heart. So I remember the main points, but perhaps not the finer details? Why would you categorize it as the worst? Also, I definitely agree with you about Spock's brain. I found it strange but not the least plausible.

    Okay, so I’m going to combine this with what I remember from an ask I accidentally deleted because I’m bad at tumblr. 

    So the entire premise of Wolf in the Fold is that Jack the Ripper is this immortal entity that feeds on fear, and thus murders women because “WomEN are MORE ScAREd than MEN!!!1!” After I complained about this episode a few asks ago, we got an ask that said something along the lines of “It’s been scientifcally proven that women actually do experience more fear than men, and men are more likely to take charge in a fearful situation.” So naturally I was side-eyeing this pretty hard, and my first response was to say Prove to me that that’s biologically-caused and not conditioned and then we’ll talkBut I accidentally hit “delete” instead of “respond” because I am uncoordinated, so I googled it and I’m responding here.

    And guess what? Turns out I was absolutely right! All my sources will be linked to with the underlines below.

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    So women don’t actually experience any more fear than men. In fact, they experience the same amount of fear when compared to men, but they are more likely to report higher levels of fear anyway! This is because they have been conditioned from girlhood to respond more fearfully to stimuli (parents freak out more about baby girls, they say things like “ew bugs are yucky!” to girls, etc.). An exact quote from this source: “We learn that women reported significantly higher fear scores than men even though their responses did not indicate that female actually experienced greater levels of physiological disturbance; they said they were more afraid than their male counterparts, believed it was true, but acted at least as courageously as the men. The passivity encouraged in girls by our culture feeds directly into the early development of habits of fear.”

    Here’s another source that suggests women are more likely to report being afraid because they are more honest about their feelings, while men are conditioned to bottle up emotion and pretend they’re big and brave. 

    Additionally, it’s been proven that women experience more fear (more fear, but not more acute fear) than men during horror movies, but this is because they ANTICIPATE the fear based on common film cues, while men just kind of sit around and wait to be afraid until the scary thing actually happens. So, according to this, women are just better at predicting that something scary is going to happen. (NOTE: This entire notion that women and men inherently react differently to anything is pretty cissexist, and I apologize to any trans people reading this and being like wow this is deterministic bullshit. You’re right.)

    Additionally, Wolf in the Fold starts with Kirk and McCoy spouting some crap about how Scotty received some injury that makes him hate women (???????) so naturally they take him to a strip club to make sure he’s over it. Keep in mind that strippers and sex workers are much more likely to be victims of violence than the general women population. So yeah, great idea to the whole Enterprise crew on that one.

    It’s basically an episode about strippers being murdered because they are scared delicate little flowers and it’s really cringe-worthy and poorly-written.

    -Spenser

     

  12. eddievhfan1984 said: How feelest thou dudes about Spock's Brain? From my research, it's considered a widely reviled episode, and unfeminist to boot...

    First of all, *dudettes. You might have been using dudes as a colloquial term, and that’s fine, but Sally and I are proud lady Trekkies.

    Second of all, I’m completely baffled by the aggressive Spock’s Brain hatred. Like, out of all the really weird and genuinely offensive episodes (Wolf in the Fold, The Omega Glory, and The Paradise Syndrome are the three episodes that I think of as actually gross and offensive) the entire fandom decided to hate on Spock’s Brain? I totally don’t get it. I mean, it’s certainly not high quality science fiction, but it’s just a dorky episode with some cute moments.

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    Captain, there is a definite pleasurable experience connected with the hearing of your voice.

    And regarding the feminist critique, while I think the treatment of gender is certainly weird in that episode (did they ever actually explain why the women were belowground and the men above?) I wouldn’t say it’s totally unfeminist. I mean,  while the women were incompetent and childlike, the men were also completely incompetent morons. It’s hard to say that something where men have no power and are actually used by the women as slaves is anti-women. I think the point of the episode was more to explore what happens to a society with a sudden vacuum of leadership and scientific knowledge than to say “WOW WOMEN CAN’T EVEN DO ANYTHING ON THEIR OWN.”

    Anyway, I’m ambivalent towards Spock’s Brain. It’s not a great episode, but a lot of TOS episodes weren’t great. I think everyone should transfer their hatred of Spock’s Brain to Wolf in the Fold because dear GOD that episode is trash.

    -Spenser

     

  13. Anonymous said: i think you should use the star trek font more ! it looks really nice ! !

    Unfortunately neither Sally nor I have the Star Trek font on our computers! The lovely confessingtos submitted both posts that use that particular font.

    Maybe I’ll try to download it and use it if people really like it. Do you guys have any opinions on the subject? 

     

  14. Anonymous said: is it okay to shave for other people, not yourself? like if you feel bad about the hair and how it looks?

    The crazy thing about this ask is I’ve been dealing with a similar internal struggle, myself. I haven’t shaved my legs in like two months because I decided it’s a waste of time and I don’t need to impress anyone, and most of the time I’m really comfortable with it. I even got a pedicure and had absolutely no self-consciousness while the lady massaged my hairy calves! But occasionally I’ll get kind of nervous about what people think of me, and I’ve gotten close to shaving them a few times because I don’t want people to think I’m weird. I haven’t yet, but I know I’ll probably give into societal pressure eventually.

    I mean, the bottom line is, you should do you, anon. If you want to shave your legs, go ahead. If you want your hair to flow free, you let your follicles run wild. I think it’s not very good for our opinions of ourselves when we do things to our bodies for the sake of other people’s comfort, though. The entire principal of women shaving our legs is that the razor companies wanted more money, and people expect us to look up to their standards. So while I don’t think there’s anything “bad” about shaving for other people, I think we should all remember that leg hair is totally normal and it’s only our culture that says it’s not. But if you don’t want leg hair, then by golly get rid of it.

    Just remember that no matter what you do with your leg hair, Captain Kirk thinks you’re sexy as hell. 

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    EDIT: This also applies to hair anywhere on your body be it armpit, pubic, upper lip, or otherwise. 

     
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