C.E. Evans wrote:
It was never an issue that Kirk wasn't a ladies man in TOS--no one has ever denied that, least of all me--but his overall reputation as "Starfleet's bad boy" doesn't really come from TOS itself.
Oh, that I agree with. He was a gifted prodigy who excelled and achieved greatness at a young age. Gary Mitchell makes that clear, that his focus early on was school not the ladies. The new film changed that, but that is a different universe.