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In 1966 a series called Star Trek was created Its creator Gene Roddenberry did not create the show to be a science fiction series The series was much deeper than that It wasnt just about discovering new planets and civilizations It was about controversial issues Even though the series take place in the 23rd and 24th century the issues struck with the times and related current issues Through each series The Original Next Generation Deep Space Nine and Voyager there has been progression with the times and the issues The issues that surround the episodes of Star Trek include race religion sexuality the depiction of science and gender roles The central focus being talked about in this paper will be gender roles Gender roles in Star Trek deal with leadership and sexuality Men and women have had different roles in Star Trek as well as different progressions Men in Star Trek have always had a leadership role In the original series the four main characters are men The captain Kirk the second in command Spock the doctor Bones or McCoy and the head engineering officer Scotty are all men In the Next Generation series there is Captain Picard the second in command Riker and there are others engineering roles played by Warf and Data who are all men In the Deep Space Nine series Captain Sisko and the head engineer is male In Voyager the second in command Chakotay as well as Tuvok a Vulcan Spock like character and Neelix the cook are all men Women in Star Trek have made a real progression at least more then Men have When men are already at the top having leadership roles theres no place to go but down This isnt necessarily there work performance or merit is going down but the womens performance merit and acceptance go ing up The women of Star Trek started at the bottom and could only go up The original series
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