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From: Marc Thomas
Hi Trek TV Friends, Great to hear from George again and I’m really glad that Logan seems to have become a regularly contributing audio email guy. Here’s some thoughts on your show about Angel One, an obvious message episode. Sexism is bad. Dude's how would you like it if the shoe was on the other foot! For a good, if somewhat obscure example of a female dominated society in classic sci fi check out Bengali author Roquia Sakhawat Hussain aka Begum Rokeya who wrote ‘Sultanas Dream’, a short story from 1905 featuring a hi tech Islamic bizarro future complete with solar powered flying cars. It’s public domaine. Tracy's right about Angel One, it’s okay but feels stepped in the Roddenberry generation’s preconceptions about gender. I also liked Vaughn’s “Do I look fat in this?” It would have been nice to see native males laboring under body dysmorphia resultant from the objectification the culturally less powerful sex. The episode would have been more interesting if it focused on the subtler issues of discrimination instead it devolves quickly into a standard social revolution story. How about this. Have a shuttlecraft stall then break down over Angel One. When they take it to a local Space Ship mechanic, she explains what needs to be done, in highly jargoned language to Troi, utterly ignoring Riker who eventually accompanies the mechanics husband to a nearby strip mall where they shop for shoes while Troi stays at the garage, knocking back a few cold Warnogs as the grease monkeys work. Striking a cheesecake pose which hurts men by creating unrealistic expectations for male beauty, Marc