I can’t help but wonder how such an episode could have been created in 1992. It seems that show writers and creators understood the nuances of gender and that we should not have to undergo gaslighting treatment to quash those feelings. Just as Geordi was given the opportunity to thrive, despite his blindness (when the Masterpiece Society wouldn’t have allowed it), those with gender among the J’naii should be allowed to flourish, free from persecution.
While the queer revolution has enjoyed much progress, there are still significant barriers on the road to true liberation. Recently, states have passed legislation banning trans girls from sports in the interest of fairness. Florida even went so far as to require genital inspection if someone even suspects a girl athlete might be transgender (though that portion of the proposed law has since been removed).
I like to think that if “The Outcast” were written today, Soren would have a different ending. But I do find it fascinating that such topics were broached on a popular television show so long ago.
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