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Old December 23 2011, 02:22 AM   #179
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Re: Before Dishonour....seriously?!

MattWallace wrote: View Post
I guess you missed the part of my post where I said ``This way they don`t have to deal with a female captain unless it`s one that they put in place``
I was so distracted by the outrageous and insulting accusation that Trek Lit writers would not want to "deal with a female captain" of any sort that I didn't notice the rest of the sentence.

Kira was in command of DS9 at the end of the series and now, unlike her male counterparts, has gotten herself to a nunnery. When was the last time Picard resigned and became a monk?
Captain Sisko went on indefinite leave and embraced his role as a Bajoran religious figure for several years while Kira commanded the station. Now, 4-5 years later, those roles have been reversed. Kira was the commander of DS9 in well over a dozen novels; she's been in a monastery for exactly one so far.

Ro is now in command, a position she was placed in by the authors of the books. Again, see the bold portion above. This also applies to Afsarah Eden.
I don't understand why you think we'd care whether it was our character or someone else's. Why would we only be selectively sexist?

The TNG crew of late has been such a mess that we don't know what will happen with them.
Define "of late." Sure, there was a lot of crew turnover in the TNG novels published between September 2007 and August 2008, but the command crew that was in place as of Greater Than the Sum has only lost one member in the ensuing three years of real time and two-plus years of story time. Whatever "mess" there may have been for a brief time is well in the past.

However, T'Lana was the most promenent member of the crew to oppose Picard, essentially commiting mutiny.
Well, strictly speaking it was Picard who was committing mutiny, and Kadohata, with the cooperation of T'Lana and Leybenzon, who was obeying Admiral Nechayev's orders to relieve him of command.

I did not inter my comments to mean that there are no well written female characters or that all male characters are well written. However, comparing the two, the females are treated less well by the stories than their male counterparts.
I don't see why you'd think that. If anything, although I haven't counted, I daresay that the majority of original characters created by Trek novelists in recent years have been female. (For instance, the majority-female TNG crew came about because Keith DeCandido, David Mack, and I all independently decided we wanted to add new female characters to the cast.) So the idea that we'd have some resistance to "dealing with" female characters of any rank or any origin is bizarre.
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