The young man and I have been watching Star Trek Voyager. Because the rock I grew up under seemed to have shaded my adulthood as well, this is the first time I have seen it. If you haven’t seen it, you should. I assure you that watching a show with spaceships will not decrease either your IQ or your chances to get laid, nor will it make you a social leper. The show will warm the cockles of your feminist* heart, it is funny, spaceships blow up, and the characters are great. One of my favorite characters (and they’re pretty much all my favorites) is Tuvok, the Vulcan.
Vulcans are a “humanoid species,” with superior abilities and a tendency toward violence. However, over thousands of years, through training in meditation and self control, they have learned to suppress their emotions. They attempt to be guided solely by reason and logic.
Vulcans are not unlike copyeditors. The copyeditor might not repress her emotions when venting to friends about her work, or anywhere else in her personal life, but when writing author queries, she relies on facts and logic. All emotions are strictly prohibited, although she may need to meditate to keep her glacial cool. I’ve started to hear the Vulcan voice when I edit.
“Author, your use of the word ‘unique’ is highly illogical.”
“This sentence operates outside Chicago Manual of Style Protocols.”
“Author, I find your application of commas somewhat excessive.”
What gets you through your day?
*Don’t think you’re a feminist? Take this test: Do you believe you should be paid less for doing the same work as a man? Yes? Congratulations, you’re a feminist! [Test created by my young man and frequently administered to female business students.]