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So yeah remember that one post I made ages ago about wanting to debunk the pop culture Spock and Kirk myths? Well, here’s part two of that segment.

Thanks to greenscrewdriver and itreallyisthelittlethings for checks and added ideas.

Kirk isn’t a womanizer. He’s a homme fatale. He uses his sexuality as a tool in situations where he has no other leverage, often when the woman has a physical advantage over him due to weapons or magical abilities or some such, over and over again. And as the slides show, when he’s actually romantically interested in someone he behaves very differently, and he does take it really slow. When he flirts with a woman heavily and quickly, you can be sure that he’s doing it in order to get into or out of a larger plot situation, rather than in order to satisfy his own sexual urges.

Using one’s sexuality, rather than force or technology, as a tool to regain an upper hand is historically a very female trope, and I think that’s why people have trouble recognizing that that’s what Kirk is doing. But that’s what it is.

So there’s a difference. TOS Kirk was an ardent feminist, and I am so sick of this AOS sexyKirk pop culture idea of him.

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