...So I was looking at Watching the Clock
again (I've started it but haven't finished it), and a small detail stuck out at me:
Clare Raymond, thinking to herself about how much life has changed on 24th Century Earth since the 190s, musing to herself that she or any other woman can now walk down the streets of any
city on Earth late at night, alone, knowing that they're safe.
After having seen the kinds of humiliation and harassment my best friend has suffered in this area just because she happens to be a woman, I've got to say: Thank you.
It's a small detail in your book, but the idea is incredibly meaningful to me.
I appreciate the thought. It is easy to forget, if one is a man, the everyday fears women still have to deal with in our society. That's why it's so important for men to have female friends, so we don't remain blind to that perspective (and thus don't become part of the problem). That particular line wasn't something I gave a lot of thought to; it just struck me as one of the things that would undoubtedly be better in the utopian future of Star Trek
. But it would be something that would stand out in the awareness of a 20th-century woman transported into that time.