Topic 2 - Human reproduction - Sex and gender
Article published on 16 November 2021
last modification on 24 November 2021

by F. Touihrat
  Sommaire  

 Intro

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?

 Final task

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.

Technical points

  • 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

Scientific points

  • Sex and gender should not be confused with each other as scientific ideas
  • Use your scientific background knowledge from your Biology lessons

Context points

  • Your video is a Starfleet video. Thus, the following points are expected:
    • scenery
    • costumes
    • special effects
    • any sci-fi stuff that could match with the Startreck universe: be inventive, be original, be smart!

Questions

  • 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?