When it comes to depicting the future of social issues, Star Trek has often been ahead of the curve. In this episode, El Sanchez breaks down how, although the shows can sometimes depict gender and sexuality issues in problematic ways, characters like Jadzia Dax and races like the Trill and J’naii allowed early TNG and DS9 to depict gender fluidity and non-conformity in ways you didn’t often see on television back then.
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A Seattle-based comedian, writer and comic book reader, El Sanchez has been performing all over the country since 2010. Their conversationally cynical, yet upbeat comedic style weaves together a unique mix of embarrassing personal stories, nerdy obsessions, social politics and possible overshares, making light of their own instances of social incompetence while also skewering oppressive social norms.
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Bi-Geekly Report: Jadzia Dax and Gender in Star Trek
by El Sanchez, Queerspace Magazine
April 30, 2018