If you are queer, or trans, or have mental illness, or all of the above, you probably know something about the perils of presenting yourself as you really are. Dan-Savage-style coming-out narratives notwithstanding, many of us who are placed socially in these ways find that we cannot be completely authentic in all aspects of our lives. I definitely want to express myself, but I have to balance that against other needs, like being able to make a living in a capitalist society. If I dressed the way I’d prefer to, if I talked more openly about the times when my depression and anxiety prevent me from getting work done, I might find it harder to fit in, to stay attached to a professional group, to stay employed, than I already do. So instead, I wear T-shirts and cargo pants, and I let people think (at times) that I’m merely disorganized or not that committed to what I do.
In my opinion, it takes a lot of privilege to assume either that greater authenticity leads to greater happiness, or that the only reason you would leave who you are at the door when you step or roll into work is the formal, organizational structure of the place where you work.
Damn, I keep trying to explain this to people and have never been able to do it this well. ‘Be yourself’ isn’t a reality for most people. If it was, I’d be able to hide under my desk and wail and sob when my brain can’t handle day to day life.
This is why i don’t talk about a LOT of things that are a part of me in public, much less at work, not just sexual or gender identity—depression, autism, my shitty executive function…. I want to keep having a job.
“Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God’s name she would undress in that circumstance? Well there’s a very good answer for that. But I’m not telling you what it is. Because… uh… MYSTERY?”
ACTUAL quote from Damon Lindelof, writer of Star Trek Into Darkness. When asked about Benedict Cumberbatch’s shirtless scene (which was apparently scripted at some point but then got cut), he wrote:
“As for the shirtless scene… we scripted it, but I don’t think it ever got shot. You know why? Because getting actors to take their clothes off is DEMEANING AND HORRIBLE AND…
No, it’s not. Lindelof is definitely joking around, but in such a way that makes it clear that he doesn’t have much respect for the criticism. I’m relatively familiary with his sense of humour (I follow him on Twitter, anyhow), and to me this comes across as him acknowledging the problem but also basically saying, “I don’t give a shit”. The movie’s costume designer also said that the reason Alice Even has this scene is purely because there has to be a gratuitous hot-girl scene, and it was “her turn” because Zoe Saldana did it in the first movie.
The Abrams/Lindelof attitude reminds me a lot of Steven Moffat’s jokey way of brushing off all criticism as the ramblings of ~crazed internet feminazis. And all three share Christopher Nolan’s belief that if you show your scripts to your wife, it’s like an official sexism vetting process. “I’m married to a woman, I CAN’T be sexist!”
Also, Damon Lindelof and JJ Abrams are longtime collaborators so this definitely wasn’t a situation where Lindelof had an artistic vision that was quashed by Abrams. All publicity interviews with JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof or Roberto Orci (another co-writer and producer, alongside Alex Kurtzman) have them presenting a united front re: attitudes towards classic Trek, the Star Trek fanbase, and women/female characters in general. Orci and Kurtzman are also longtime writing partners, and co-wrote the first two Transformers movies.
“Yes, false rape accusations happen. Run the protocol anyway. I’ve heard that perhaps the military has the highest number of ‘em. True or not, RUN THE PROTOCOL ANYWAY. Because in 15 years of investigating rape accusations, I can count those that panned out as false on one hand. Meanwhile, the one time I almost skipped the protocol, the one time I almost didn’t believe a petty officer, because I was naive as an investigator and a young woman, because her commanding officer described her as “a party girl, always late, always out drinking, don’t bother with this one”, she turned out to be the victim of one of the most brutal assaults I’ve ever investigated. She shouldn’t have still been -alive-, let alone up and making the accusation. So let me repeat: five false accounts in fifteen years. And one time I almost failed a woman ‘cause of the bullshit way it’s normal to talk about us. Take your shipmates’ word, and then run the protocol. Every. Single. Time.”
- JAG lawyer, speaking to my husband’s plant during Sexual Assault Prevention Month. (via circusbones)
Rape culture means being more worried about a handful of men being accused of a crime and then proven innocent than helping hundreds and hundreds of actual rape victims over the course of 15 years.
Nurse Chapel is a beloved [Trek] character,” says Orci. “Even before the first movie came out, a lot of online chatter was, ‘Is Nurse Chapel gonna be there?!’”
Alas, although we hear Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban) say “Nurse Chapel” in 2009’s Star Trek, we never officially saw Christine Chapel — and she’s still MIA in Into Darkness. Instead, Carol Marcus tells Kirk that she learned of his reputation as a ladies man from her friend Christine Chapel, who has become a nurse since her romantic encounter with him — which he does not recall.
“We just figured that would be a great reference, and we loved that Kirk didn’t remember her,” says Orci. “It’s an in-joke that also speaks volumes about his character when it comes to women. That’s why we used it.”
So will Nurse Chapel ever actually make a flesh-and-blood appearance on the Enterprise? Orci just laughs. “That’s certainly possible!
Bob Orci talks to BuzzFeed about fan references in Star Trek Into Darkness. [x]