First Advisor

Brenda Glascott

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Philosophy and University Honors




Star trek (Television program) -- Criticism and interpretation, Star trek (The next generation: Television program) -- Criticism and interpretation, Television programs -- Social aspects, Sex role in mass media, Science fiction television programs -- United States -- History and criticism




Understanding "gender" is more complicated than traditional views of the male sex equating to being a man, and female sex equating to being a woman. This gender binary coding does not accurately represent a large number of people who identify as agender (not of a gender), or gender-fluid (not having a fixed gender.) I am investigating to what extent Star Trek (which is a science fiction often accredited with the premise of representing humanity's more equitable future society) reproduces traditional gender roles or offers alternate gender identities. I look at literature from other scholars about gender performances in Star Trek, as well as analyze an episode form ST:TNG, "The Outcast", looking at how the production treats a species of androgynous beings, and ultimately seeking whether Star Trek breaks deeply embedded ideas of binary gender, or portrays a future state of humanity as more inclusive of different types of gender identity.


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