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Old November 17 2013, 01:32 PM   #46
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Re: Data x Tasha. Was that affection or abuse?

I refuse to fault Tasha for "use" when that android got the better part of the bargain, by far. And if it feels that good being used, then use me, Tasha ... until you use me up.

You know ... one might've suspected that Data's investigations into - and experiments with -Human relationships would've included some attempt at Homosexuality - that's only speaking to the "truth" of the character, now. Would it even be possible for a machine to actually have a sexual preference, without the instinct to reproduce, as we have? It doesn't make a lot of sense.

Granted, I cannot see Brent Spiner being interested, personally, in a kissing scene with another man, but that never had to happen onscreen, anyway, and I am actually happy that this wasn't explored. But many have decried the lack of gays on STAR TREK and I think Data should've been the character, if any, to explore this openly ... (and not metaphorically, as Riker had with his gender neutral lover).
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Old November 17 2013, 02:40 PM   #47
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Re: Data x Tasha. Was that affection or abuse?

I don't think that Data got the better part of the bargain. Data, in his own quirky way, is kind of cute.
I agree it seemed short sighted that Data's exploration into love and sex was strictly heterosexual. I'd think Data wouldn't have a human limited sexual orientation. I've theorized that Soong gave him this limit, to give Data his own heterosexual orientation. The man is kind of an egomaniac, and he made Data in his own image, so I can imagine he wanted Data, and Lore, to have the same orientation he had.
Now, on the subject of Spiner being interested in kissing another man...just remember, I didn't bring this up. I always had the impression that Spiner would be interested in kissing another man. Besides, they are actors. Doing love scenes aren't about the actor's sexual interests.
For what it's worth, Frakes wanted a male actor to play the role of his gender neutral lover but tptb insisted on casting a female. For their special metaphorical gay story.
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