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Old May 5 2014, 12:25 AM   #1
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What it means to be a trekkie

My name is Kristi and i am writing a final paper on Trekkies/ star trek fans. i need to answer these three questions:

-Why is there still a stigma around the star trek fandom when their fandom is so large and popular today?
-How does the mainstream fuel the stigma to the trekkie fire?
-How do trekkies see themselves in contrast to how everyone else does?

Any thoughts or comments or thoughts? I would really appreciate some feedback! Thank you guys for helping!
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Old May 5 2014, 12:43 AM   #2
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Re: What it means to be a trekkie

The stereotypical "Trekkie" of pop culture fame--a nerdy 40-year-old virgin living in his parents' basement--is like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. Maybe such creatures exist in reality, but I'm not sure I've ever met one.

Most of the Trekkies I know have kids, careers, and mortgages--just like everybody else.
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Old May 5 2014, 12:47 AM   #3
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Re: What it means to be a trekkie

Kristi wrote: View Post

-Why is there still a stigma around the star trek fandom when their fandom is so large and popular today?
There's stigma attached!?!? I never noticed or cared.
-How does the mainstream fuel the stigma to the trekkie fire?
The same as any other fan base.
-How do trekkies see themselves in contrast to how everyone else does?
Just like anyone else.
Thank you guys for helping!
You're welcome.
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Old May 5 2014, 01:08 AM   #4
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Re: What it means to be a trekkie

I made a fun thread awhile back about different types of Trekkies. I think it's worth checking out.
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Old May 5 2014, 01:29 AM   #5
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Re: What it means to be a trekkie

I love STAR TREK, but ... when I have a woman that I want to impress coming over, all of those series and movies that I love so much become an instant embarassment. They're like some flaming bag of dogshit that must quickly be buried and disposed of. So ... I wrap them up and hide them until she's gone. And the instant I have the house to myself, I know this to be true: Star Trek LIVES (once more)!
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Old May 5 2014, 01:30 AM   #6
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Re: What it means to be a trekkie

Being a Trekkie is probably the least of my issues.
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Old May 5 2014, 01:32 AM   #7
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Oh, and welcome to the TrekBBS Kristi.
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Old May 5 2014, 01:55 AM   #8
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Being a Trekkie is probably the least of my issues.
High five to that.
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Old May 5 2014, 01:59 AM   #9
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Old May 5 2014, 02:34 AM   #10
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2takesfrakes wrote: View Post
I love STAR TREK, but ... when I have a woman that I want to impress coming over, all of those series and movies that I love so much become an instant embarassment. They're like some flaming bag of dogshit that must quickly be buried and disposed of. So ... I wrap them up and hide them until she's gone. And the instant I have the house to myself, I know this to be true: Star Trek LIVES (once more)!
So whatja gonna do when you find the right one? Are you going to "come out of the closet" and fess up to being a Trekkie, or are you going to leave your beloved collection in the closet? Maybe the solution to your "embarrassment" problems would be to meet that special someone at a Star Trek con!
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Old May 5 2014, 02:59 AM   #11
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-Why is there still a stigma around the star trek fandom when their fandom is so large and popular today? I'm not aware of any real stigma regarding Star Trek fandom, except they are generally caricatured as nerdy, socially inept, overweight slobs. Like with an stereotyped group, a majority of them do not fit the mold.

-How does the mainstream fuel the stigma to the trekkie fire? The same way they would with any individual or group who make themselves targets for stigmatization. That's a hard question to answer with specifics.

-How do trekkies see themselves in contrast to how everyone else does? There may be a catch 22 here. Those who wear their love for Star Trek on their sleeve don't care (or probably even notice) how other see them, and the closet Trekkie gives no indication they're a Trekkie in public and so it doesn't register as a reason for others to see them any differently. But then there's that percentage of any fandom who seem to make themselves targets for ridicule, like that woman who wore her Star Fleet uniform to jury duty. In fact, she might be a good person to research for your paper. I'm sure somebody on this site must know her name.

Any thoughts or comments or thoughts? I would really appreciate some feedback! Thank you guys for helping!

Good luck with your paper, and welcome to TrekBBS!

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Old May 5 2014, 04:38 AM   #12
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I've been a Trek fan for about 40 years now. I don't care who knows, or what they think about it. Other people can go #%^* themselves, and maybe they should be more worried about what I think about them instead.

I hope that helps. Welcome to TrekBBS.
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Old May 5 2014, 04:41 AM   #13
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Re: What it means to be a trekkie

...there was also a great episode of West Wing with a woman who came to work with a com badge...worth checking out for really good thoughts and words addressing your post...

My Personal thoughts:

...it is more of a "...what does it NOT mean to be a Trekkie..."

...not a lot of flaunting it and "living it" 24-7 (except at Conventions!)
...sharing, like we do here, is for like-minded and like-times...not anyone, every time
...knowledge is good...details and facts and connections are good, but there is more
...recognizing how deeply culturally ingrained Star Trek is can be an amazing thing
...knowing how far and wide the ST world and terminology and dialogue lines and
names and places and wish for it all to be real has gone...Trekkie, indeed...

...hope this helps...welcome to the Forum...it is a wild ride!...
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Old May 5 2014, 05:05 AM   #14
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HIjol wrote: View Post
...there was also a great episode of West Wing with a woman who came to work with a com badge...worth checking out for really good thoughts and words addressing your post...

My Personal thoughts:

...it is more of a "...what does it NOT mean to be a Trekkie..."

...not a lot of flaunting it and "living it" 24-7 (except at Conventions!)
...sharing, like we do here, is for like-minded and like-times...not anyone, every time
...knowledge is good...details and facts and connections are good, but there is more
...recognizing how deeply culturally ingrained Star Trek is can be an amazing thing
...knowing how far and wide the ST world and terminology and dialogue lines and
names and places and wish for it all to be real has gone...Trekkie, indeed...

...hope this helps...welcome to the Forum...it is a wild ride!...
well said
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Old May 5 2014, 05:35 AM   #15
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Re: What it means to be a trekkie

It's odd. I hear a lot about the "stigma," and I've heard the jokes on TV, but I can't say I've ever experienced it personally. Maybe this is an issue if you're still in high school and trying to fit in, but, in the adult world, I honestly can't remember anyone ever giving me a hard time about being a Trekkie. Not my friends, not my family, not my neighbors . . . .

And I'm hardly secretive about it.
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