Spock and “The Mystery of Masculinity”

Check out this, as Spock himself might say, "fascinating" clip on Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and how his character relates to masculinity. A hint? Here’s an excerpt from the NPR piece:

" ‘I think that’s one of the most interesting things about Spock,’ says Nimoy. "It’s not what you’re getting, but what you don’t get — what peeks out occasionally."

What peeks out occasionally are Spock’s emotions. One of the series’ favorite gambits was to have him lose his mind. Writers would put him under the influence of an urge to mate, or a flower spore, or a germ that eliminates defense mechanisms, as in an episode called "Naked Time."

"I’m in control of my emotions, in control of my emotions," Spock insisted in that episode.

Read (or listen) to the NPR piece on their web site.

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About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • Chris

    So Debbie…..does this mean that you are a closet trekkie? :)

  • Chris

    So Debbie…..does this mean that you are a closet trekkie? :)

  • http://www.ramahughes.com/ rama

    what about data? “If you are referring to sexuality, I am… fully functional.”

  • http://www.ramahughes.com rama

    what about data? “If you are referring to sexuality, I am… fully functional.”

  • Debby

    Not quite the closet Trekkie, but I can appreciate the show!

  • Debby

    Not quite the closet Trekkie, but I can appreciate the show!

  • robert

    I absolutely identify with this as I grew up watching star trek. This episode in particular. I’ve always had a very imitative personality with the older kids i grew up around. Looking for a personality of my own Mr. Spock had a very real effect in my life with his instruction to control your emotions. This was the message I got at a vulnerable time in my life. older now I know truth in relationship, I wish my parents exposed me to the truth at that time instead of me randomly finding the right path. Still love the series, good memories.

  • robert

    I absolutely identify with this as I grew up watching star trek. This episode in particular. I’ve always had a very imitative personality with the older kids i grew up around. Looking for a personality of my own Mr. Spock had a very real effect in my life with his instruction to control your emotions. This was the message I got at a vulnerable time in my life. older now I know truth in relationship, I wish my parents exposed me to the truth at that time instead of me randomly finding the right path. Still love the series, good memories.

  • Debby

    Thanks for sharing, Robert. That’s a very powerful childhood memory, particularly in thinking about how children learn to become men or women, and how to act and such. We all gather information and examples from the people (and media) around us, and it’s often heartening when, as adults, we’re able to have insight into the path we took to get where we are today.

  • Debby

    Thanks for sharing, Robert. That’s a very powerful childhood memory, particularly in thinking about how children learn to become men or women, and how to act and such. We all gather information and examples from the people (and media) around us, and it’s often heartening when, as adults, we’re able to have insight into the path we took to get where we are today.