Kirk and Spock: The Straight Story
|Title:||Kirk and Spock: The Straight Story|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
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Kirk and Spock: The Straight Story is an essay by Gamin Davis.
It appeared in a slightly different version in an unknown Star Trek: TOS fan club newsletter.
Gamin Davis' summary: "My interpretation of the Kirk and Spock friendship and why I don't believe it has any sexual aspects, including an episode-by-episode / movie-by-movie account of the evolution of their relationship."
Back in the days when I originally wrote the original version of this article, sometime in the late 70s, I was new to organized Star Trek fandom and just getting into fanzines. It had, quite frankly, never even crossed my mind that Kirk and Spock's relationship could be seen as homosexual until I became aware, through my membership in the now-long-defunct Leonard Nimoy Association of Fans, that other people were not only writing Star Trek stories that were collected into things called "zines", but some of these zines were devoted to the characters' sex lives--including, of all things, Kirk and Spock having sex with each other. Granted, I was at an impressionable age at the time, but it's over twenty years later, now, and I still don't get it.
Wanting to be able to form an educated opinion on the subject, I ordered an adult zine as soon as I turned eighteen, just to see what some of this adult fan-fiction was like. I still remember the name of the zine, the K/S story and the author, but no other details about the story, other than I wasn't able to take it seriously and found it very offensive. I never read another K/S story until joining the online newsgroup alt.startrek.creative, where I could do so without having to pay for the privilege, as well as acquaint myself with the views of a variety of K/S fans, and to this day, I still can't read a K/S story all the way through without either skipping parts or just not finishing them. As I said, I still don't get it; it's as if slash fans watched some alternate-universe version of Star Trek that I never saw.Maybe in part, it's because I identify so strongly with Spock that I find the idea of him being in a homosexual relationship with Kirk so implausible, or maybe it's just that that exploring the characters' sex lives is just further than I ever wanted to go in any fan-fiction I read (or wrote), but either way, I've never seen anything in canon to make me believe it could be possible for Kirk and Spock to be sexually involved with each other.
I can only believe and hope that their friendship continues with no further disruptions until Kirk's death--and likely beyond--since we have no canonical information on where Spock is or why or why he isn't with Kirk when it happens. Another thing we don't have the full story on in canon is how he deals with Kirk's death; considering how much a part of his life Kirk had been for how many years, there would surely have to have been a long adjustment period--assuming Spock could ever fully "adjust" at all, which I remain skeptical about--during which Spock likely drowned himself in self-recrimination for not having been around to prevent Kirk's death. And there you have it--Kirk and Spock's friendship as it was shown to develop through the series and the first six movies. It's a very deep and sincere friendship, involving affection, respect, loyalty, implicit trust and a mental bond--certainly a more unique and special kind of friendship than most of us are likely to ever have--and perhaps it's this aspect that makes it unfamiliar or confusing enough to some people that they assume it must be sexual. But I'm able to separate the two, and I just see nothing in canon to indicate a sexual component to their friendship.
As for K/S (slash) fandom vs. K&S (friendship) fandom, I don't think diehard members of either camp are going to be converted by anything anyone says or writes, so my purpose here is just to state my position that there simply isn't any indisputable canonical evidence that Kirk and Spock were ever lovers. What there is is abundant evidence of their intense feelings of friendship for each other; in my view, slash fans choose to attach sexual undertones to every word, look or action between them, however innocuous. To me, this is just sort of an alternate universe of their own making and has little relation to Gene Roddenberry's Kirk and Spock…which, for them, is fine. But as for me, I'll stick with the Kirk and Spock I know--the real, original, straight Kirk and Spock.
Reactions and Reviews
help... *a wibbly little K/S rant* Sorry guys! :-p, Farfalla, 211 comments at alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated, (October 9, 2002)
OMG. It's the perfect summary of every anti-slash argument ever! Plus a bonus ep-by-ep list of all the points slashers would find slashy, with the querulous remark that, really, there's no ACTUAL SEX in here, so why would people imagine that there IS? Or even want to imagine that there is? Pervs.