I have been watching some of the Star Trek series as of late Next Generation, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. First Enterprise is under appreciated as a series and after it gets going it is very good but finishes weak. But beyond that I have a central question. How do they deal with those on the trans spectrum? For instance in the first season of Next Generation they have men in skirts, which is very progressive but then later in a different episode Dr. Crusher mentions how women wear makeup and nail polish while men don’t. Now obviously this series was written in the 1990’s when views on gender were much less flexible and it did not evolve much even through the run of Enterprise. But the hypothetical intrigues me.
In the Star Trek universe that they are capable of either changing the body to incredible levels and that changing ones sex would be a fairly simple procedure all things considered. They are able to cosmetic surgery to make themselves look like other alien races so we can assume that the cosmetic aspects would be fairly simple. So that part is easy enough and we can also assume that they could also change the primary sex characteristics pretty easily, perhaps even allowing for those who go through it to reproduce. This of course would be pretty awesome.
Though there is the second option, they also seem to have the ability to do very precise brain scans and surgery. It is not unreasonable to assume that they would also be able to “fix” the gender dysphoria that way. Now this would seem much more disturbing for many of us. Though This would only be a problem if it was forced. Which takes us to the social aspect.
The society in Star Trek is positioned as a very accepting of differences between people, assuming you are of the same species at least. We can assume that there would have been massive social changes between now and then but it is not easily possible to assume which way it could go between now and then. It is also possible the “Issue” would have been identified while I was int he womb and it may have been corrected one way or the other then.
Well there is my ethics of Star Trek thought process.