mmmm check out that staggering display of heterosexuality
Seven - the best straight man that ever was.
|—||excerpt from a very long piece I’ve been working on for autostraddle about femslash and why there’s so little of it (and why we need to make more of it NOW)|
The energetic processes of star formation create not only the colors but the chaos. The red-glowing gas results from high-energy starlight striking interstellar hydrogen gas. The dark dust filaments that lace M20 were created in the atmospheres of cool giant stars and in the debris from supernovae explosions.
"I think [being gay] is fine. I have a lot of homosexual friends. It’s not an issue that bothers me or whatever. I’m not homosexual but I have no problem with people who are. There were a few scenes in Voyager where everybody thought: "Oh look! Seven and the Captain! They’re gonna get together!" And I got to be honest, there are a few scenes that make you go: "Oww, come on…"
"There is one episode where Seven has her first date. And there is a scene with the Captain where this romance idea comes up. I think it gets to be a joke after a while. It’s not anything the writers ever intended to do with the characters. Really. And there was a faked press-release on the Internet. That the producers had released this especially to introduce the first gay character on Star Trek. It’s all a big myth. It’s not true. However, it would not surprise me if this subject was not going to be touched on by this character (Seven). For an episode. It’s not going to be an ongoing theme for Star Trek to come out and be gay. But Seven is the logical character for that to come up. Because she has no pre-conceived sexuality. And she is exploring every aspect of humanity. So, it wouldn’t surprise me if we had an episode or two. But not with Captain Janeway. No! It’s not going to be Seven and the Captain." (FedCon7, 1999)
My thoughts (not necessarily in this order):
1) I tried to reblog this from two people, but couldn’t get the whole thing to show up.
2) It’s so funny how much language has changed since 1999. I don’t think she would use the word “homosexual” now. It’s so clinical and almost offensive to hear that word now, mostly because that’s what a lot of the religious conservatives use. Jeri is and has been a great ally for the LGBTQ community.
3) Is this for real?! What is happening today? I can’t believe this actually happened.
4) So she’s saying she could definitely see J/7 even though the writers didn’t intend it, although it became a sort of “joke.” Sounds like there was some queerbaiting going on by the writers after all. Sounds very Rizzoli & Isles to me. But I really like that Jeri acknowledged it was not just in our heads.
5) Why not Seven and the Captain? That may have to do with the Mulgrew/Ryan dynamic offscreen, or maybe it was just made clear to them by the writers and producers that they weren’t going to go there. Regardless, clearly it was teased and then not followed through. Still pretty cool to have it acknowledged.
6) Time to write more J/7 :)
If this really happens, it will be a really sweet day in history. Gives me hope for the world, lol.