Star Grinch wrote:
That wasn't just on Trek.
It happened all the time on other tv shows and movies so much that it has become a trope. It is especially common on comedies with the dumb average looking husband and the hot wife.
It's stupid enough when other shows do it. But Trek doing the same irks me to no end. Particularly because of what's already been mentioned about alien races being compatible with humans, but the mere idea that alien males would find human women to be desirable. A bull doesn't desire a human woman, it desires a cow. A rooster desires a hen.
A ferengi should find human women revolting, as we know they find humans in general hideous. Yet we see Ferengi in TNG and DS9 actively seeking the hottest human females they can get. To what end?
Sentient beings are different than animals. They have the ability to see sex as something for pleasure as opposed to a natural instinct to procreate, therefor can have varied tastes.
For example, how many people find those green Orion slave girls hot? Or T'Pol or any other various women of the week?
That's because those women are basically hot looking human females with a "one off" characteristic, like having a green skin colour, or T'Pol who is the same except for pointy ears and a bowl haircut.
Animals don't "think" of sex as just for pleasure, but they could give a fuck about procreation either. They simply feel the need to get off, and act accordingly to fulfill those needs. Humans are the same way. We don't fuck because of the "pleasure". We fuck because there is a need caused by chemicals in our brains that make us desire to get off with sex.
I don't think I ever saw in Trek a handsome looking guy with an ugly looking alien woman.
The writers just took the sleazy way out to get more people to watch, which was "makes alien women be hot, but with some characteristic that won't take the hotness away" and then pair them up with hideous looking males.