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Making nonce sense of Star Trek

The Huffington Post has some speculations on why so disproportionately many arrested paedophiles are found to be hardcore Star Trek fans (as documented here and here):
Star Trek paraphernalia has so routinely been found at the homes of the pedophiles they've arrested that it has become a gruesome joke in the squad room. (On the wall, there is a Star Trek poster with the detectives' faces replacing those of the crew members).
Several theories are given, including Captain Kirk's inability to hold down adult romantic relationships, a pervasive message that women are toxic (which, presumably, would strike a chord with men rejecting adult heterosexual relationships; incidentally, does Star Trek have a significant gay following?), and "bad" impulses being attributed to external forces (a cop-out familiar to child molesters). But most controversial could be the claim that Star Trek's very utopian basis is fundamentally inclined towards appealing to paedophiles:
In perversion, there is an attempt to obliterate any distinctions that provoke unconscious anxiety. First and foremost, this entails a denial of the difference between the sexes and the difference between the generations. Pedophiles are, at the very least, attempting to deny the difference between the generations. The utopian fantasy here is to normalize sex between adults and children.
According to Dr. Peter Mezan, a psychoanalyst in New York City, "There is an impulse that is common to perversion and to utopian thinking. The wish is to create a world in which differences make no difference. The great utopian thinkers have been immensely inspiring, but there is a reason that utopian communities have never worked out. In the name of equality of every sort and in the attempt to eliminate the tensions that normally divide us, they propose to create a marvelously unnatural world without the usual boundaries. But then it gets all fucked up."
Think of Michael Jackson. He has attempted to eradicate just about every sexual, generational, and racial difference -- and to construct an alternate utopian reality in Neverland. While there is certainly a futuristic quality to his clothing and mask-like facial features, it is unclear whether he watches Star Trek or just looks as if he does.
If the utopianism-paedophilia connection holds true, I wonder how many arrested paedophiles are pacifists, anarchists, libertarians, Esperantists or Momus-style emotional communists.

There are 5 comments on "Making nonce sense of Star Trek":

Posted by: dj http://deej.bah.id.au Thu Aug 25 02:21:53 2005

Doesn't really explain the religious connection, unless you focus on the afterlfe.

Posted by: acb http://dev.null.org Thu Aug 25 16:42:54 2005

What religious connection? I don't think religion comes into this.

Posted by: David Gerard http://reddragdiva.livejournal.com/ Thu Aug 25 23:37:43 2005

I thought it was complete transparent dog bollocks myself; I just posted it to annoy people ;-)

Posted by: acb http://dev.null.org Thu Aug 25 23:54:07 2005

Well, yes, there is that.

The part about utopianism and perversion sounds like some sort of McCarthy-era American Lysenkoism. Though if paedophiles are predominantly drawn to Star Trek (as the Toronto police department's reports suggest), one does wonder why.

Posted by: dj http://deej.bah.id.au Fri Aug 26 01:18:45 2005

I was referring to the apparent predilection of many priests and gurus for paedophilia. I obviously made as much sense as the article.

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