by F. Touihrat
Here is an extract from the famous TV series ’Star Trek: The Next Generation’.
Here, Commander Riker, from Starfleet, meets up with Soren, of the J’naii species.
J’naii are among the humanoid species but present a significant difference with the Human species: J’naii are a no-gender species.
Part 1 - 0:00 to 0:51
- What would you answer to Soren, if you were Commander Riker?
Part 2 - 0:51 to 1:22
- Do you agree with Commander Riker?
- What about the last question Soren asks in this extract and Riker’s reaction?
- How are men and women depicted in this video?
You work at Starfleet’s Diplomatic Service.
You are in charge of a part of the upcoming ’Meet Humans’ commercial campaign which is to be launched.
This campaign is aimed at J’naii people. J’naii individuals are asexuate and non-gendered and one of their most common difficulties, while meeting Humans, is dealing with the question ’How to make out a Man from a Woman?’.
Your job is to create an educational commercial to help them prepare theirs trips through the Federation.
Your video should be accurate, depending of what YOU think the differences between a man and a woman actually are.
- You can make groups of 2, 3 or 4 students
- Everyone has to speak in the video
- Your video should be 4min long
- Your video is to be shot on your spare time
- Some video editor are available on the school network. If you want to use some other software, please use them at home
- Please hand in your work in compatible formats
- Sex and gender should not be confused with each other as scientific ideas
- Use your scientific background knowledge from your Biology lessons
- Your video is a Starfleet video. Thus, the following points are expected:
- special effects
- any sci-fi stuff that could match with the Startreck universe: be inventive, be original, be smart!
- According to the definitions given in the link, identify the characteristics that are depicted in the video and decide whether they refer to sex and/or gender.
- Choose 2 pictures
- Analyse and compare the two pictures you chose
- What kind of pictures are they?
- How are they built?
- What is the message?
- What link is there with gender and/or sex?
- What are the differences/similarities between them?
- What is your opinion on these pictures?