Thursday, May 7, 2009

KIRK + SPOCK 4EVER!



As long as I'm sharing funny Star Trek sex videos this one caught my eye at the Revolving Door Commune Blog. It's pretty funny but its basis -- eroticism between Captain Kirk and his loyal sidekick Mr. Spock -- is hardly original.

As an interesting article in this week's Newsweek points out, Kirk and Spock are one of the oldest and most popular subjects of slash fanfic. It isn't difficult to see why. Kirk is such a philandering ladies' man that at times one suspects overcompensation. Meanwhile Spock, as a half-human trying to live a Vulcan's emotionless lifestyle, is filled with shame over his repressed feelings -- "Jim, when I feel friendship for you I feel ashamed," he tells Kirk in "The Naked Time." These totally repressed feelings come bursting out once ever seven years during the Vulcan mating cycle when Spock is driven -- compelled -- to mate. Violently and with abandon, we can easily imagine from episodes like "Amok Time," "Blood Fever" and "Bounty."

With all this, a person can't be blamed for imagining Kirk and Spock in a gay relationship -- going where no man has gone before, as it were. (Yeah, I did.) Slash fanfic writers have been pairing the two in fanzines or on the Internet for years. Check out Farfalla's Kirk/Spock Happyplace for more than a hundred examples of their work. If that doesn't satisfy you the Star Trek Slash Ring probably has what you need in English or German. These stories are written mainly by and for hetero women and the stories seem intended more to amuse than to actually be titillating (though I could be wrong, who knows).

Even Gene Roddenberry weighed in on a Kirk-Spock romance. In a footnote to his 1979 novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the creator of Star Trek wrote:
The human concept of friend is most nearly duplicated in Vulcan thought by the term t'hy'la, which can also mean brother or lover. Spock (...) did indeed consider Kirk to have become his brother. However, because t'hy'la can be used to mean lover, and since Kirk's and Spock's friendship was unusually close, this has led to some speculation over whether they had actually indeed become lovers. At our request, Admiral Kirk supplied the following comment on this subject:

"I was never aware of this lovers rumor, although I have been told that Spock encountered it several times. Apparently he had always dismissed it with his characteristic lifting of his right eyebrow which usually connoted some combination of surprise, disbelief, and/or annoyance. As for myself, although I have no moral or other objections to physical love in any of its many Earthly, alien, and mixed forms, I have always found my best gratification in that creature woman. Also, I would dislike being thought of as so foolish that I would select a love partner who came into sexual heat only once every seven years."

Needless to say, Roddenberry's denial didn't close the issue.

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