Back in the Star Trek days, Capt. Kirk was the empathetic Don Juan who was always getting the chicks while Spock was the John to his Ponch, someone struggling to understand the complexities of humans and khans, alike. A gentle yet asexual Vulcan wracked with angst, seemingly oblivious to the world of sexuality and sensuality.
Which is why it's kind of ironic that the cover of the Sunday New York Times fashion section (sadly not available in Vulcan) features Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, in an unlikely new role; ambassador for positive body image. Nimoy, an accomplished photographer, is making headlines, or at least one "Girth and Nudity, a Pictorial Mission" with a new exhibit featuring nude plus-sized women. To loyal Trekkies this mission may not seem as grandiose as a trip to planet Ardana but for many US women, it may prove just as impossible to reach.
In a country whose GDP in part depends on guilting women into thinking that there's something wrong with them, the size/fat acceptance movement is subversive but it's not new. There's fat acceptance organizations, plus size burlesque, online communities such as Dimensions Magazine revolutionary fat zines (the late 'I'm So Fucking Beautiful' by Nomy Lamm comes to mind) and more, all attempting to undo the misconception that being skinny is the bees knees. I'm personally psyched that Leonard Nimoy's joined the fold and brought this message to the front of the NYT.
So, Leonard, let me be the first to Vulcan salute you.
And to everyone one else, please rock out with your Spock out.