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Old June 14 2013, 08:22 PM   #158
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Re: Star Trek Into Darkness & The Bechdel Test

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Why do you view gender equality in the franchise as a conflict?
No one does that.

You want to see a quota filled. There is a difference.
I've never advocated a quota. However, the discrepancy is so obvious and has been for decades that I think they need to look more carefully at why the discrepancy is so persistent andd what can be done to rectify it.

In fact, what I've advocated in the past is flipping a coin at script stage to determine the gender of any character with a speaking part whose gender isn't determined by something plot specific (such as a heterosexual character's love interest). If 70 supporting characters in the cast from Trek 09, it would take maybe 10 minutes tops. Seems simple enough.

But if you think that gender equality in Trek is laudable, what method would you find acceptable to even up the numbers?

I think, 'leave it to the script writers' is an unsatisfactory approach because after 40+ years, the script writers have failed to achieve major gains and 2:1 is still the norm.
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