The dangerous lessons of Star Trek Voyager

In one episode, a vulcan side character goes through the Pon Farr which is the drive to mate. But they're on a starship in the middle of the Delta Quadrant (middle of nowhere to none Trekkies), right? So, he asks B'leanna (half klingon-half human) and she say's, "flip no!". But he doesn't take that for an answer and grabs her face to initiate the mating ritual.

In all fairness, there's a fight, and she at least gets to fight for herself and doesn't have to have a dude do it for her, but it's still the fight that she has to physically fight him off. I know, I'm not happy either way.

Or then there's the whole issue where Seven-of-Nine recalls an attack. Tuvok, the security chief, makes a point to remind the captain that Seven-of-Nine has had hallucinations before. there were circumstances. Anyway, they accuse this guy and he refutes it. He takes a ship and escapes, and then, rather than be captured, he ends up blowing up his own ship. And there's this moment when Janeway gives Seven-of-Nine a look. It's disgust and blame.

The problem with this is that the whole episode revolves around the destruction of this poor man's life because he was accused of assault and didn't do it. It sets a dangerous precident that woman's claims can't be trusted.

And it's never actually resolved.

The thing is, I watched this series when I was younger and just absorbed this. Without fully understanding. This is why we have to be careful about what we create. And you might be one of these people who thinks I'm making an issue where there isn't one *puts on whiny voice* it's just a TV show! But don't we learn from TV shows?

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