"I almost thanked you for teaching me something about survival back there, but then I remembered that the ocean never handed me the gift of swimming. I gave it to myself."
Y.Z, what I forgot to remember (via forlornes)
Movie A Day: The Captains (2011)
I actually liked Avery Brooks segments with Shatner. I could listen to Patrick Stewart speak for hours, his voice is pleasant. Kate Mulgrew hasn’t aged well. I like to believe Shatner is genuine but I feel this vague twinge of phoniness.
…aaaand the only thing mentioned about the only woman is her appearance. Nothing about how well she interviews, how articulate and charming she is, or the incredibly empowering influence she had on millions of young women as the first female starship captain. Nope, this incredibly inspiring woman (who, incidentally, looks pretty damn good to me for 59) simply “has not aged well”.
I’m reasonably sure the original poster didn’t mean any harm by this comment—it seems like a simple first impression. But that’s exactly why I’m pointing it out. As a society, we talk out of both sides of our mouths. We say we believe that women’s worth should be evaluated based on more factors than beauty and I think we honestly believe that. Yet, we’ve been so conditioned to objectify women, it is our reflex to judge a woman’s beauty first—I know that I’ve been guilty of it. However, if we want to affect a positive change, we have to start catching these engrained thought processes even when they seem innocuous.