"Janeway made it clear the only reason they were staying behind was because she didn't want to risk the Ocampa. All other reasons stumble in front of this point: it means that faced with a crew desperate to get home and a woman liable to literally
attack her for this decision, she chose the weakest possible argument to give them that said 'We could, but we won't' instead of 'It just won't work.' This is because Jeri Taylor was involved, and Janeway had to do it for reasons of pure nobility rather than because it made sense."
"Lana. You're incredible.
Lana, how do you do it?
Lana, you do not stink, you're so fragrant you don't even need Old Spice Red Zone.
Lana, you're Athena.
Lana, you're perfect!
Every character seems to think and say this. No character ever really gives a reason why other than her looks. In a world where the intelligent are ignored, this is tantamount to character hara kiri."
"...we do not need to accept outsiders, particularly hot, brilliant, awesome ones who will, in time, evoke irrational and violent responses in only those of us who are morally corrupt.”
...The reality of the situation is that the portrayal of women as pure, stainless alabaster icons of virtue is a huge problem that arises from cultural stereotypes of women. The notion that women are inherently more virtuous, kinder, and so on is part of the limiting and fetishising pedestalisation that serves to fence us off from being thought of as persons. Human beings are flawed characters with failings and weaknesses; angels are not.
When I call for ‘good portrayals’ I do not mean that all women should be virtuous. On the contrary, I actually want to see more women as villains, or as morally grey/dubious characters. The simple reason for this is that such figures can be fascinating, merit much discussion, and are fully human