Kolanaki,
@Kolanaki@yiffit.net avatar

Nog is straight. But also an incel.

JWBananas,
@JWBananas@lemmy.world avatar

He also grows out of it, at least in The Visitor

antidote101,

This is wishful thinking. It was made within a heteronormative society, and most characters who have love interests and relationship histories are hence straight.

Unless stated or shown it’s far more of a head cannon to assume a queer identity where none is suggested.

No media can fully escape the culture, period, and context it was created in.

Koffiato,

Ah yes gender politics, only thing missing from Star Trek themed discussion.

ProfessorOwl_PhD,
@ProfessorOwl_PhD@hexbear.net avatar
CptEnder,

Naw it’s not missing. Always been there.

Lath,

Kira was a rebel at heart.

Bashir was in the "I've been genetically modified, which is illegal, so should I have kids?" camp, if I remember correctly.

Sisko loved his wife.

Odo was a gelatinous blob.

Jadzia was influenced by past multiple personalities, so she likely loved pans and pots.

O'Brien was a weeb. He only loved his waifu, the transporter room.

Jake was a reporter. He loved crawling into holes he shouldn't have been crawling into.

Quark was a businessman. He loved risky ventures.

optissima,
@optissima@lemmy.world avatar

He only loved his waifu, the transporter room.

Slight disagree, he only loved his waifu, constantly breaking systems.

Miles “I can fix her” O’Brein

Lath,

Better.

MajorHavoc,

Agreed on all points except Garak, the simple tailor.

Anybody who misses how shamelessly he flirts with Julian needs their head-canon checked on.

ursakhiin,

I always viewed Garak as uninterested in anything but intrigue. He was inherently non-sexual to me.

radicalautonomy,
WarmSoda,

Isn’t cis another word for straight?
I honestly don’t know, just asking

unreasonabro,

i think he’s assuming there’s a difference between cis and straight but is too gay to know for sure

WarmSoda,

Don’t try to insult people just for asking a question.

King_Bob_IV,

Cis refers to gender identity where as straight refers to their sexuality.

unreasonabro,

This is like when you cool things down to such a low temperature that they start acting like they’re super hot.

It’s similar in that they’re both arbitrary linguistic distinctions that do not apply under most circumstances (and indeed barely capture the phenomenon in the first place), reveal holes in our understanding of reality that even experts are largely unprepared to deal with, and have no practical, usable effects or results (although I’d love to know what the gay equivalent of superconduction is - is “superfluid” a gender?)

WarmSoda,

Thanks, that makes sense

southsamurai,
@southsamurai@sh.itjust.works avatar

Well, trans as a root means across from, or on the other side of.

Cis means on this side of. Both are from latin roots.

When using it in gender discussions, it means someone that isn’t trans, aka the gender normative, aka the folks that match in terms of inner and outer gender expression.

Cisgender started out as a term back in the nineties, as a way to be able to refer to the majority that are gender normative with a simpler term when discussing transgender/transexual issues. As you can see, it is incredibly cumbersome to describe the cisgender people of the world without using cis. Pain in the ass when you’re writing or talking about the subject. And the nineties are when that kind of discussion became more prevalent.

There’s also the fact that people have put unnecessary weight to the word “normal”, and tend not to understand the word normative. Because of the way normal has been used for a very long time now, despite it really meaning something that’s typical, any use of it implies that everything else is abnormal in a bad way rather than just not typical. Largely because in most fields, abnormal is a bad thing. Abnormal blood work as an example.

So, we have heteronormative and cisnormative for the straights and non trans people behaving in typical ways for those groups as well as cisgender meaning aligning with one’s nominative gender.

Now, can cis be used to denote “straight” people? Kinda, but not really. It would be a very unusual usage because straight in terms of non normative sexuality being discussed almost always refers to sexual orientation. Using cis to mean straight isn’t unreasonable, particularly since you’ll run into situations where gay people and trans people might just use straight as a shorter word for cis-hetero. But you won’t see that in anything but casual settings because of the very confusion you’re dealing with. Most of my close friends are gay or otherwise under the lgbtq+ heading, and I’ve never actually heard anyone use cis as a synonym for straight, but I have heard “straights” used as a term that includes cis.

Yay for language!

WarmSoda,

Interesting and still confusing haha.
Thank you for taking the time, I learned a little today.

CptEnder,

Tldr:

Cis: I got a dick, I look like a guy, I also feel this way inside.

Cis: I got a vagina, I look like a girl, I also feel this way inside.

NB/trans: any number of these combinations do not match the same way as above.

southsamurai,
@southsamurai@sh.itjust.works avatar

Dammit. Nothing worse than someone giving a better explanation lol.

CptEnder,

Ha naw not better than yours just ELI5’d it

deegeese, (edited )

With the debatable exception of Jadzia, all those characters were exclusively shown in heterosexual relationships.

Rejoined was a great episode.

constantokra,

Not too sure what’s debatable about Jadzia. Julian on the other hand… pretty debatable.

deegeese,

While she kissed a girl, it was never portrayed as a lesbian relationship, rather the post reincarnation resumption of earlier straight marriage.

Did Bashir ever pine after a guy? O’Brien doesn’t count.

GaraksOtherButtBuddy,

Did Bashir ever pine after a guy? O’Brien doesn’t count.

Did O’Brien ever pine after a girl? Kieko doesn’t count.

nxdefiant,

Does William Travis or Davey Crocket count?

joyjoy,

rather the post reincarnation resumption of earlier straight marriage.

That makes it trans, which still counts.

v_krishna,
@v_krishna@lemmy.ml avatar

Dang I know he was just a simple tailor but such shade as to ignore him entirely?

Zorque,

Their genders were never a consideration as an obstacle either, though.

So while neither might have been gay or even bi... I'd give more credence to poly over anything. "Whatever works!"

Corgana,
@Corgana@startrek.website avatar

While she kissed a girl, it was never portrayed as a lesbian relationship

That’s what I told grandma when she walked in on me and Jenny Davis

constantokra,

If you’ve not noticed garak and Bashir… well, it’s worth a rewatch just for that.

deegeese,

Garak is a pleasure to watch, and Andrew Robinson said he’s intentionally coded as bi, but he’s not in this photo.

constantokra,

Julian has a relationship with garak, and while he’s obviously a bit confused about what it is it’s pretty evident garak is not.

optissima,
@optissima@lemmy.world avatar

Did Bashir ever pine after a guy? O’Brien doesn’t count.

Lmao yeah lets just throw away evidence.

Rivalarrival,

Odo and Laas linked.

deegeese,

Linking isn’t inherently sexual, as was pretty clear from that episode.

GregorGizeh,

Don’t get baited

I got suckered into arguing about this very topic some days ago, and only had my sexuality questioned when they ran out of arguments. Suffice it to say that there is plenty of wishful thinking involved

Corgana,
@Corgana@startrek.website avatar

there is plenty of wishful thinking

It’s so bizzare and unexpected that a meme about “headcannon” would inspire wishful thinking of all things WHY

mipadaitu,

Julian and Garak were clearly in a relationship. Just ask Garak.

Corgana,
@Corgana@startrek.website avatar

all those characters were exclusively shown in heterosexual relationships.

That’s not exactly evidence against them all being bi

abbadon420,

By that logic, there’s also no evidence that god doesn’t exist.

sabazius,
@sabazius@lemmy.world avatar

Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence. Bisexuals exist and aren’t always obvious, so “absent evidence to the contrary, that person might be bisexual” is not an extraordinary claim — hell, assuming similar prevalence of bisexuality then as we see now, which is arguably the lower bound given the cultural changes depicted, it’s statistically improbable that there wouldn’t be at least one non-straight person in the main cast.

abbadon420,

I don’t care.

I don’t need to know their exact sexual preferences. That is not of any influence to the story. If it was, it would have been in the story and if it was in the story, it wouldn’t have mattered what their preference was, because it would have made sense either way in the context of the story.

Issues of sexuality and gender are already being adressed in this show, there is no need to project them into situations where they’re not.

sabazius, (edited )
@sabazius@lemmy.world avatar

Right, but that’s a completely different thing than you were arguing. The likelihood of a character being queer is a Watsonian question about demographics of a space station, whereas whether it’s plot relevant is a Doylist question about themes and conservation of narrative. And given that Garrick was originally conceived as a queer character and the actor has explicitly stated that he wanted the character to be queer, but Rick Berman insisted that this not be done and instead wrote in a weird love story between him and young girl, I actually think it’s pretty f****** relevant to discussions around the culture of the show.

Lwaxana,
cosmicrookie,
@cosmicrookie@lemmy.world avatar

This is where the wishful thinking, mentioned earlier, comes to play I guess.

USSBurritoTruck,
@USSBurritoTruck@startrek.website avatar

Sure, but that doesn’t mean they were exclusively heterosexual.

deegeese,

The definition of canon is that which is shown on screen.

Corgana,
@Corgana@startrek.website avatar

Any character that does not explicitly say they were hetero/homosexual is canonically bi until proven otherwise.

lolcatnip,

If they’re not shown in explicitly sexual relationships, they’re canonically ace.

Corgana,
@Corgana@startrek.website avatar

Oh shit, hoisted by my own Picard.

bort,

if they are not shown going the the toilet, they’re canonically in voluntary urinary retention

Corgana,
@Corgana@startrek.website avatar

Canonically the poop is beamed out

Enkers,

Shaka when the walls fell. O’Brien bored in the transport room, his poop beamed out.

lugal,

Fun fact: George Takei himself complained that Sulu is portrait gay in the new movies. He said that even tho he himself is gay, he always played Sulu as a straight guy. But why would the headcanon of an actor be more important than any other

Bonehead,

To be fair, John Cho played Sulu straight until it was revealed that he was gay. And even then, there wasn't much gayness to his acting. Unless you count bringing a sword to a skydiving phaser fight, but I'd consider that more bad ass than gay.

lugal,

Isn’t there a scene where he means his husband?

Bonehead,

I assume you mean "meet his husband", but yes. There is a scene Into Darkness with his husband and daughter. But other than that and maybe a few mentions that you'd miss if you weren't paying attention, they didn't really put the character's gayness on display.

Corgana,
@Corgana@startrek.website avatar

Sure but apparently there wasn’t much gayness to it

USSBurritoTruck,
@USSBurritoTruck@startrek.website avatar

And even then, there wasn’t much gayness to his acting.

Care to elaborate?

Bonehead,

What is there to elaborate? Other than a brief embrace shown on screen, he didn't appear to play the role in any stereotypical gay manner. That's all...

USSBurritoTruck,
@USSBurritoTruck@startrek.website avatar

Why would the character be a stereotype?

Bonehead,

I didn't say he was. That's the entire point. They briefly showed some gay characteristics on screen, but otherwise he just played the character plainly.

USSBurritoTruck,
@USSBurritoTruck@startrek.website avatar

Yeah, he played the character like a real person (who lives in space and brings a sword to a skydiving phaser fight) and not a caricature.

I’m assuming you don’t believe all gay men are stereotypes from 1980s comedies?

So, unless you were expecting there to be hardcore man on man penetrative sex on screen, what would “gayness” to John Cho’s acting mean?

Bonehead,

I'm not playing this game. You're obviously looking for a confrontation. You'll have to find someone else to play with.

USSBurritoTruck,
@USSBurritoTruck@startrek.website avatar

I’m not looking for a confrontation, I just want to know what “gayness in acting” means, and why it is apparently a problem.

Bonehead,

I never said it was a problem. You're trying to make a problem where none exists. I'm not playing this game. Have a nice day.

USSBurritoTruck,
@USSBurritoTruck@startrek.website avatar

You’re trying to make a problem where none exists.

Again, I’m only trying to figure out what you meant when you said:

And even then, there wasn’t much gayness to his acting.

Because it sounds pretty ignorant.

grue,

He wasn’t a Hollywood camp gay stereotype character.

USSBurritoTruck,
@USSBurritoTruck@startrek.website avatar

Why would anyone think he would be?

grue,

Because usually when Hollywood includes a gay character they’re doing it to villainize them, make fun of them, or show them off to cynically virtue-signal diversity. Having a character that’s just a normal character who happens to be gay, without making a big deal about it or using it as a plot point, is rare.

USSBurritoTruck,
@USSBurritoTruck@startrek.website avatar

Having a character that’s just a normal character who happens to be gay, without making a big deal about it or using it as a plot point, is rare.

I don’t know if that’s as true even in 2016 when the movie came out, as it once was.

lugal,

Someone didn’t read the Hays Code or anything. He didn’t die (kill your gays trope), he’s not portrayed as a “for ever” bachelor (but has a same sex partner, very ungay). Only thing is crossdressing. He wears the same standard uniform that women do in Starfleet.

unreasonabro,

Why wouldn’t the original actor be the authority on the subject? If they immersed themselves in the material and have a good memory, wouldn’t that be “the truth”?

Isoprenoid,

Why wouldn’t the original actor be the authority on the subject?

Careful. Would you say the same thing about Jared Leto and his characters? Or <insert actor you hate> about <character they played>?

cosmicrookie,
@cosmicrookie@lemmy.world avatar

George only came publicly out as gay in 2005…

lugal,

Which is still before the 2009 movie …

cosmicrookie,
@cosmicrookie@lemmy.world avatar

Ah… I hadn’t noticed that this was only about the newer movies

Dasus,

But why would the headcanon of an actor be more important than any other

Idk perhaps because actors can imbue characters with unwritten properties through their portrayal?

lugal,

But only the first actor?

Dasus,

Depends on the character, but usually the first one has the strongest effects, yes. It’s not out of the question for later actors to do the same thing, but very often in recastings like Sulu, the latter actor will emulate the former — to a degree at least.

jmcs,

It’s not just how Takei played it, the first thing an inhibition-free Zulu does in The Naked Time is to go after Uhura - and Mirror Zulu obviously has the hots for her too.

sigmaklimgrindset,

Takei’s Sulu always gave me bisexual energy.

Source: my wishful thinking (aka my ass)

millie, (edited )

I mean, if it informs the performance meaningfully, it’s part of the end product. Doesn’t mean it’s necessarily canon or whatever, but it certainly has the potential to impact later performances if direction moves away from the actor’s previous internal preparation.

I could see it being off-putting to work under a director or with writing that bleeds your public personality into your role, especially if it’s one you’ve gotten to a certain place with.

Like even as a roleplayer, any character i might embody in the moment has a life of its own that’s distinct from mine, and would make decisions that I wouldn’t. If someone tried to push me into acting a way that’s more typical of myself out of character or that’s more in line with a different character I play, or if they reacted to the character based on that outside stuff, I’d certainly resist it.

lugal,

True, I totally see your point. I think there are different ways to see this:

First, it’s someone else who played it so he wasn’t forced to do anything. It’s just a role he played and now someone else does with different interpretations. You wouldn’t blame a Hamlett actor for performing differently than their predecessor. Sure, it’s different since Sulu was brought into existence by Takei and didn’t really exist in a book or something but still a fictional character played by different people.

Since it’s just one little scene I didn’t even remember after the first time watching, it isn’t part of his story or character building or something. He is just greeted by his husband (or partner) and daughter. In my eyes more of a homage or easter egg to Takei than forcing his personality into the character.

Lastly, HolLyWood goNe w0ke aNywAyS. I don’t mean this negatively obviously. Media puts diversity into more and more places and it doesn’t even have to do with Takei himself.

Even tho I started the last paragraph with lastly, let me add that I think it might even have more to do with losing control of your creation. Sure, Sulu started as the character played by Sulu but he developed further. It’s like trying to force the genie back into the bottle. Sulu isn’t Takei and Takei isn’t entitled to control Sulu.

millie,

Oh, I assumed he was talking about something written for him recently. Sulu showed up in Lower Decks not too long ago, and I know the franchise in general has a penchant for nostalgia at the moment. He certainly seemed to have a little more of a Takei tone in his LD appearance, but that may also just be him having grown more into himself over the years.

But yeah, if it’s someone else playing it and it doesn’t inform an established performance, then whatever.

lugal,

I was referring to the 3 parter beginning 2009. Sorry if I didn’t make it explicit.

constantokra,

I can see how he’d be upset by it, and I don’t think it’s about lack of control. It’s like the people writing the character said Takei is just SO damn gay that they have to make everything he’s ever touched gay. Like the gay’s contagious. He’s contaminating characters with his gayness. Some people actually think that’s the way it works. Given his age i’m sure he’s seen enough of that to be upset by the implication. He’s an individual who’s lived a long and interesting life, not just some big gay caricature. Though he’s definitely that too.

George takei aside, i’m all for making more characters gay. Dial it all the way up. Sure worked for the she ra reboot.

OldManBOMBIN,

Quark is a straight white male, or my name isn’t Jeremiah Paxton

lugal,

So what is your name?

OldManBOMBIN,

Tim

SnotFlickerman,
@SnotFlickerman@lemmy.blahaj.zone avatar

There are some who call me… Tim.

ZoopZeZoop,

“I don’t think so, Tim.”

-Al Borland

OldManBOMBIN,

You can tell a lot about somebody by if they choose Monty Python or South Park

SnotFlickerman,
@SnotFlickerman@lemmy.blahaj.zone avatar

I could have gone with either, but the lead-in of asking your name felt more appropriate for a Monty Python reference where a TIMMAY! is more something you say as an absurd non-sequitor because it’s the only thing Timmy really says.

OldManBOMBIN,

LIVINALIE TIMMAY

EdibleFriend,
@EdibleFriend@lemmy.world avatar

He’s a straight green goblin.

OldManBOMBIN,

This is acceptable

loopedcandle,

Although it isn’t really shown, Odo is nonbinary by definition isn’t he?

Badeendje, (edited )
@Badeendje@lemmy.world avatar

He present male and has had relationships with women. But he can present any way he likes. And the founders maybe don’t even have gender… so not even binary.

Rivalarrival,

He had a short relationship with another “male” changeling.

mosiacmango,

The founders dont even necessarily have a particular body. They may just reserve X amount of biomass on leaving the link.

Corgana,
@Corgana@startrek.website avatar

Eh, the ability to present any gender he likes isn’t what it means to be nonbinary. Presumably anyone in the 24th century has that ability.

Badeendje,
@Badeendje@lemmy.world avatar

I more ment, no gender biologically. Just a single ehm… gender?

Corgana,
@Corgana@startrek.website avatar

I think the word you’re looking for is sex.

Corgana,
@Corgana@startrek.website avatar

What definition is that? Assigned nonbinary at birth? The fact that he could choose to present as nonbinary but presents as male is pretty telling, imo.

Czarb,

Gender: fluid

loopedcandle,

This is what my brain meant, but I am enjoying some consumption.

MotoAsh,

Not necessarily. It’d be for how he views himself. While the shapeshifters kinda’ explore the concept in some episodes, it may be fair to assume they identify as they present, because they can literally present how they want.

Granted, I could see Odo having some odd identity issues with presenting to please others or over duty to his job more than personal identity given his upbringing…

Did they explore his gender identity in that episode(s) or did they leave it all allegory? Ugh it was so long ago… Maybe time for a rewatch.

cuchi,

As far as I know, Odo is a masculine Shapeshafter. It also use the identity of the one who study him, it was his choice to be like that most of the time.

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