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Thanks, casual sexism—I guess I won’t be watching Star Trek with my kids.

My kids are getting to the age where I thought it might be fun to start watching Star Trek: TOS together. Seeing as it’s on Netflix, I figured I would screen an episode or two myself just to confirm it would be appropriate. It has been a good number of years since I have watched anything from that series, and I have learned the hard way that it is a good idea to know what kinds of questions my kids might ask before they start asking them.

About fifteen minutes into “The Man Trap”, I had my answer, and was ready to turn it off. A bunch of wink-wink nudge-nudge innuendo about Dr. McCoy’s ex-girlfriend? Check. Various crew members leering at Lt. Uhura? Check. Every second male on the Enterprise casually joking about getting in Yeoman Rand’s pants? Check.

I get that this show was quite progressive compared to most of the other stuff on TV in 1966. For that matter, it was pretty progressive compared to most of the stuff on TV when I first started watching the show in the late Seventies.

Nonetheless, this kind of stuff kind of wrecks the show for me now, even if I weren’t thinking about watching it with the kids.