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[Content Note: Misogyny; hostility to consent.]

Another issue with the latest Star Trek film is a scene of Dr. Carol Marcus in her underwear. Not only is the scene gratuitous, but she explicitly asks Kirk not to look at her, and then HA HA THAT SCAMP he turns and looks at her. Yesterday, one of the writers of the film, Damon Lindelof, took to Twitter to respond to some of the criticism:

series of four tweets from Damon Lindelhof reading: 1. I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress. 2. We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies. Do not want to make light of something that some construe as mysogenistic. [sic] 3. What I'm saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future. 4. Also, I need to learn how to spell 'misogynistic.'
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There is so much wrong there. "Copped to it," indicating, even if unintentionally, they knew it was gross but did it anyway, hoping no one would call them out on it. "Shirtless Kirk," as if women and men are objectified in the same way, as if imagined parity can justify real objectification. "Some construe," as if sexism cannot be objectively assessed. It's all just a matter of opinion! And, yeah, when you're trying to assure people you're listening and taking their criticism seriously, maybe learn how to spell "misogynistic" before you start pounding out bullshit on the keyboard.

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