For a show that spent its first 25 years reaching toward socialism and absolute equality with both hands, the physical and semiotic impact of clothing — particularly of uniforms; they’re all military of one kind or another — can’t be overstated. While the intensity of the enduring cosplay world tells us a lot about which costumes, uniforms and details have made the most impact on readers and viewers of genre fiction, comics and television, there is a specificity to “Star Trek” fandom — and fetishism — that speaks to our complicated, long-term relationship with those enduring visuals, the bodies within them, and the highly emotional and gendered response that they still evoke.
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Ann Foster is a writer and historian with a research interest in the intersection of women, history, and pop culture, especially the lives and stories of figures both well-known and half-forgotten. patreon.com/annfosterwriter