Blame Deviantart and the talented artists...and even, somewhat, blame 'Star Trek Online.' I noticed that there were anatomically exaggerated or fantasy depictions of many familiar females from the various races of Trek, including Romulan, Vulcan, Andorian, Orion, Trill. Many of these depictions have females with large boobs, amazing curves, gorgeous facial features, etc...etc..etc... In Star Trek Online, I can kinda tell the guys who are playing female toons. Usually, those toons would also have big boobs (I was probably guilty of that myself with a toon) however, I've also noticed that the some of the guys playing said toons tend to have their toons dressed in such a way that they are 'tough' and maybe covered from head to toe. (Not saying that having female characters dressed in a skirt or revealing clothes is bad, just saying that there is a variation of how said toons are clothed based on gender). With that said: Interestingly, those female toons I've seen portrayed by girls are usually dressed in a 'cute' manner, and set to pose in a 'cute' manner. A few times I've seen female toons dressed in very revealing - bikini-like - outfits with their female non-playing-characters (or NPC's) dressed similar. Now you may be asking: How can you actually tell who is behind the toon on STO? (Believe me, when you 1. Spend a lot of time 'reading' people offline and online. 2. Have general life experience, and 3. Is a writer... you know...) One Deviantartist had a young Andorian girl, Starfleet Officer, who was drawn with lighter blue skin. His note was that she spent her time around humans, so she wanted to fit in....(Obviously, she spent time around white humans...) Race and gender issues still seem to be present in Kirks era as well as Picard/Sisko/Janeway's...era (e.g. Star Trek Ongoing #29, Star Trek VI, DS9 episode: 'Badda-Boom Badda-Bing,' the novel Crisis on Centaurus and I'm sure there others). And, I don't doubt that Archer's era had race issues among humans going on....just look at his crew makeup! Not too mention Shran refers to humans overall as 'pinkskins.' Ignoring anyone else with darker skin tones - it's like someone viewing an American as primarily a white person. Going back to the female Andorian, I see something similar - wanting to fit in due to racial standards in our society - happening today. However, I also wonder how Vulcan, Romulan, Orion, or even Klingon women would immerse themselves in our culture? And, how they would be affected by the Euro-centric standards of beauty juxtaposed with their own respective cultures? Also, how would they be affected by our society and its racial/gender standards? What if these alien women were in our time, not exactly 23rd or 24th or (when STO takes place) the 25th century? No doubt because of the 'exotic' factor, there would be human men of various races who would immediately be attracted to these women. On the other hand, I'm sure the men of the 'alien' races probably wouldn't mind to a degree unless they were being competed against. For example, you only see Andorian women in movies - not exactly holonovels, since we're not in that era - with primarily human men or human men of a certain race. I'm also thinking of the show Alien Nation based off of the film, as well as District 9. The thing is: The former has aliens that were primarily slaves, if I remember correctly, and latter were refugees. Of course, while there were humanoid women in Alien Nation that had relations with human men, the aliens in District 9 looked like large sentient bugs, and were regulated to ghettos - no sexy women there for human men to drool over. Lastly, what would human women think? I'm sure there will be some who would go for Vulcan men, maybe Andorian men, or what have you. I'm sure there'll be some feminist statements made (the wrong kind, not the good kind) and so forth. (Sidenote scenario: I'm just thinking of a teenaged Klingon female, augmented, who might have been disrespected by a young human male. And, her father, a Klingon in a high position, seeks out this human male and nearly kills him. Or, maybe she does, and he backs her up believing that she acted admirably as a Klingon, possibly sending the Earth into a war).