Dave Huber of The College Fix recently wrote an article entitled, MIT librarian: Tech workplaces plastered with Star Trek posters, other geeky stuff is non-inclusive to women.
As Bones might say, wait just a damn minute.
“There is research that shows that workplaces that are plastered with stereotypically ‘tech or nerd guy’ cultural images – think Star Trek – have negative impact on women’s likelihood of pursuing tech work and of staying in tech work in general or in that particular work environment.”
That’s right. Star Trek – the often touted example of diversity and inclusivity (especially for women) in science fiction and entertainment – now has a negative impact on women according to the study that this feminist cites.
Bourg babbles on:
“Replace the Star Trek posters with travel posters, don’t name your projects or your printers or your domains after only male figures from Greek mythology, and just generally avoid geek references and inside nerd jokes,” Bourg added. “Those kinds of things reinforce the stereotypes about who does tech; and that stereotype is the male nerd stereotype.”
No doubt that the fascist Bourg would like resistance to her plans to be futile.
That’s bad news for all the female geeks out there who are struggling for gender equality and equal representation in the geek community, and who often fancy themselves as part of some resistance to…something.
Dave Huber explains the study:
The 2009 study examined whether “stereotypical objects” like Star Trek posters “signal a masculinity that precludes women from ever developing an interest in computer science.” Or, as the authors dub it, how the “ambient belonging” of women is affected by tech-geek ware.
While conceding that the tech-geek “masculinity” in question may not refer to a “traditional definition” (think “strength, assertiveness, and sexual prowess”) the authors argue the “stereotypicality” of the group still has a “profound” effect on the ability to recruit people who do not see themselves as fitting that stereotype.
I would think that the female Commander Deanna Troi would exemplify sexual prowess far more than the male Captain Jean-Luc Picard, though I digress.
Dave Huber describes Bourg’s motivations here:
Bourg, a self-described “butch and queer” cis woman and “feral librarian” who’s been “misidentified too many times to ignore,” noted she wants to bring to librarianship “a sociological lens and a feminist perspective.”
“The work of libraries and librarians can do more than just support feminist research and agendas. We can play a critical role in supporting the causes of inclusion, plurality, participation and transparency,” according to a 2015 paper Bourg co-authored.
Librarianship used to be about helping people find books and facilitating scholarly research. Now, however, it would appear that librarianship is being used to fine tune one’s sexual orientation, and push feminist agendas. No wonder progressive activists want to keep libraries around in the digital age; their existence forces the public to fund feminist activism.
But this is all very interesting, given that the Star Trek franchise has bent over backward to appease feminists like Bourg. It gave us the feminist icon Captain Kathryn Janeway. As a result, ratings began to slide, and the Star Trek franchise would soon diminish in popularity to the point where it had to be rebooted in 2009 with J J Abrams’ mostly social justice-less feature film, which many noted was more like Star Wars. At least it was at the time. Nevertheless, Star Trek continues to push feminist icons to this day.
The examples of Marvel Comics, the City of Detroit, the NFL, Venezuela, etc., demonstrates how any cultural institution that SJW politics barnacles itself to becomes utterly destroyed. It’s a universal constant, a Reverse Midas Touch, where anything the SJW touches instantly turns into pure crap. It happened to Star Trek. Now it’s happening to Star Wars.
Does this mean that the “triumphantly feminist” Star Wars and its merchandise also function as stereotypical objects that “signal a masculinity that precludes women from ever developing an interest in computer science?” Who knows, but more importantly, who cares.
So what’s the real lesson to be learned here for Star Wars fans?
It’s that pandering to screeching feminists will accomplish less than nothing. Feminists will never ever be satisfied, no matter what you do. Their obsession to attain social justice folk hero status will always have them inventing new problems that don’t exist just so they can have something to caterwaul over. They have to have something to complain about in order to feel important. You could eliminate every male character from the Star Wars franchise and depict exclusively female characters only, and the feminist will still be dissatisfied. You cannot satisfy the willfully deranged, nor should you ever try.