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 talk. But 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.
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.