There are a lot of people who like to think that Kirk got the girl in every episode. I don't mind if they like to think that, but they should know that such ideas are their own imaginations at work. Technically, Spock got (maybe) laid as much as Kirk did: Twice. Do people think Spock's a womanizing playboy? No, they don't.
People who assert that Kirk was a swinging lady's man can't offer convincing proof of their claim. All they have is a few spicy hints to point at, combined with the fevered productions of their own imaginations.
I say that Captain Kirk is not a horndog heterosexual playboy who avidly chases bimbos and porks all of the chicks, and (unlike my opponants) I can prove that what I say is true.
Captain Kirk is actually a decent, respectable gentleman who likes nice ladies (not sluts), and he gets (heterosexual) action ~very rarely~... and when he does, it's not even his idea. There is also ample reason to believe he has an intimate relationship with Spock. That's my assertion. For support, here's a list of all the kissing and similarly suggestive activity that he was involved in:
* 1. The Man Trap - Kirk kisses nobody (but Spock's violently protective of Kirk)
* 2. Charlie X - Kirk kisses nobody
* 3. Where No Man Has Gone Before - Kirk kisses nobody (but he shows lots of active interest in in both Gary Mitchell, and Spock)
* 4. The Naked Time - Kirk kisses nobody (but he does have a violently emotional scene with Spock that includes hand-holding and mutual face-slapping)
* 5. The Enemy Within - Bad guy Kirk terrorizes Yeoman Rand (doesn't count: Kirk not himself - Spock somehow just knows Kirk is innocent... BTW, in one scene Good guy Kirk seems to be flirting with Spock)
* 6. Mudd's Women - Kirk kisses nobody (No, not even Eve. She tried, but failed)
* 7. What Are Little Girls Made Of? - Kirk kisses android (doesn't count: not a woman; enemy he's trying to discombobulate)
* 8. Miri - Kirk kisses nobody (Distraught Yeoman Rand gets a brotherly hug. Kirk similarly hugs Miri in a totally non erotic way.)
* 9. Dagger Of The Mind - Kirk kisses Dr. Noel (doesn't count: Kirk under undue influence. BTW, Spock seems utterly dismayed and confused by Kirk's seeming interest in her)
* 10. The Corbomite Maneuver - Kirk kisses nobody (but he does seem to be showing off his half-naked body to Spock, more than once)
* 11. The Menagerie (Part I and II) - Kirk kisses nobody
* 12. The Conscience Of The King - Kirk kisses Lenore Karidian (he admits later he was using her to get to her father. Spock categorically denied to McCoy that Kirk is really interested in her. Hmm. How does he know?)
* 13. Balance Of Terror - Kirk kisses nobody
* 14. Shore Leave - Kirk kisses nobody (No, not even "Ruth")
* 15. The Galileo Seven - Kirk kisses nobody
* 16. The Squire of Gothos - Kirk kisses nobody
* 17. Arena - Kirk kisses nobody
* 18. Tomorrow Is Yesterday - Kirk kisses nobody
* 19. Court Martial - Kirk gives Lt. Areel Shaw a dry little kiss goodbye after the trial.
* 20. The Return Of The Archons - Kirk kisses nobody
* 21. Space Seed - Kirk kisses nobody (Lt. McGivers has a love affair with Khan)
* 22. A Taste Of Armageddon - Kirk kisses nobody
* 23. This Side Of Paradise - Kirk kisses nobody (but Spock maybe makes love with Leila Kalomi. He's drugged and not himself at the time. Kirk picks a big fight with Spock, and after that, Spock dumps Kalomi.)
* 24. The Devil In The Dark - Kirk kisses nobody
* 25. Errand of Mercy - Kirk kisses nobody
* 26. The Alternative Factor - Kirk kisses nobody
* 27. The City On The Edge Of Forever - Kirk kisses Edith Keeler. NOTE: she makes the first move. (Kirk privately admits he's in love with her to Spock. Oddly, he never tells her. Hmm.)
* 28. Operation-Annihilate! - Kirk kisses nobody
* 29. Amok Time - Kirk kisses nobody (but he and Spock run off together at the end! Holy COW!)
* 30. Who Mourns For Adonais? - Kirk kisses nobody (Scotty is infatuated with Lt. Palamas, but she falls for Apollo)
* 31. The Changeling - Kirk kisses nobody (but he does have an extremely long holding-onto-Spock scene)
* 32. Mirror, Mirror - Kirk kisses Mirror-Kirk's girlfriend, Lt. Marlena Moreau (doesn't count: he's just posing as his Mirror universe double)
* 33. The Apple - Kirk kisses nobody (Ensign Chekov and Lt. Landon have an affair)
* 34. The Doomsday Machine - Kirk kisses nobody
* 35. Catspaw - Kirk kisses Sylvia (doesn't count: not a woman; enemy he's trying to discombobulate)
* 36. I, Mudd - Kirk kisses nobody
* 37. Metamorphosis - Kirk kisses nobody
* 38. Journey To Babel - Kirk kisses nobody
* 39. Friday's Child - Kirk kisses nobody
* 40. The Deadly Years - Kirk kisses nobody (Dr. Wallace comes on to him, but he discourages her. OTOH, he creates an excuse to show off his half-naked body to Spock.)
* 41. Obsession - Kirk kisses nobody
* 42. Wolf In The Fold - Kirk kisses nobody
* 43. The Trouble With Tribbles - Kirk kisses nobody
* 44. The Gamesters Of Triskelion - Kirk kisses Shana (he apparently is trying to win her as a ally, or use her somehow)
* 45. A Piece Of The Action - Kirk kisses nobody
* 46. The Immunity Syndrome - Kirk kisses nobody
* 47. A Private Little War - Kirk kisses Nona (doesn't count: she has him bewitched AND drugged, plus she flat out orders him to do it. It's definitely NOT his idea!)
* 48. Return To Tomorrow - Kirk kisses nobody (that's Sargon in his body, doing the kissing)
* 49. Patterns Of Force - Kirk kisses nobody (but there is a very weird bit where he masochisticly offers himself as a stepstool for Spock. Jeez Louise!)
* 50. By Any Other Name - Kirk kisses Kalinda (doesn't count: not a woman; enemy he's trying to discombobulate)
* 51. The Omega Glory - Kirk kisses nobody
* 52. The Ultimate Computer - Kirk kisses nobody
* 53. Bread And Circuses - Kirk kisses Drusilla (enemy chick he's trying to manipulate. He's forced to spend time with her, and she's under orders to entertain him - it's not like they chose to spend time together.)
* 54. Assignment: Earth - Kirk kisses nobody
* 55. Spock's Brain - Kirk kisses nobody
* 56. The Enterprise Incident - Kirk kisses nobody (Spock deceptively seduces the Romulan Commander, but it's totally duty-related.)
* 57. The Paradise Syndrome - Kirk kisses his "wife" Mirimanee. This is one of two times in TOS that Kirk got laid. NOTE: they are married! (does it count? he's not himself; has amnesia, is required to marry her by tribal law.)
* 58. And The Children Shall Lead - Kirk kisses nobody (but there is a blatantly homoerotic hug scene between Kirk and Spock)
* 59. Is There In Truth No Beauty? - Kirk kisses nobody, but he does seem to be preparing to kiss Miranda (but only to distract her. It's obviously purely duty-related)
* 60. Spectre Of The Gun - Kirk kisses nobody
* 61. Day Of The Dove - Kirk kisses nobody
* 62. For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched the Sky - Kirk kisses nobody (McCoy has a love affair)
* 63. The Tholian Web - Kirk kisses nobody
* 64. Plato's Stepchildren - Kirk kisses Uhura (doesn't count: they are both forced to do it)
* 65. *Wink Of An Eye - Kirk kisses and boinks Deela. They do have sex, it seems. This is one of the two times in TOS that Kirk apparently gets laid. NOTE: Not his idea! (doesn't count: Kirk is forced by the threat of death; enemy he's trying to discombobulate)
* 66. The Empath - Kirk kisses nobody
* 67. Elaan Of Troyius - Kirk kisses Elaan (doesn't count: not his idea, he's drugged by her magical tears)
* 68. Whom Gods Destroy - Kirk is kissed by Marta (doesn't count: not his idea, enemy he's trying to discombobulate)
* 69. The Mark Of Gideon - Kirk kisses Odona (enemy he's trying to manipulate)
* 70. That Which Survives - Kirk kisses nobody
* 71. The Lights Of Zetar - Kirk kisses nobody (Scotty has a love affair)
* 72. Requiem For Methuselah - Kirk kisses android (thinks she's a woman. Seems to really like her. Later, Spock mind-melds with sleeping Kirk without being invited to, to remove Kirk's memory of the whole incident! Good LORD!)
* 73. The Way To Eden - Kirk kisses nobody
* 74. The Cloud Minders - Kirk kisses nobody (there is a somewhat suggestive scene between Spock and Droxine, but it leads to nothing)
* 75. The Savage Curtain - Kirk kisses nobody
* 76. All Our Yesterdays - Kirk kisses nobody (Spock possibly makes love with Zarabeth, but he's clearly not himself)
* 77. Turnabout Intruder - Kirk kisses nobody (holds hands with Spock while in Lester's body! Did you SEE THAT!?)
NOTE: the reason I draw special attention to Kirk holding hands with Spock is because it was established that holding hands is how Vulcans show affection. When Sarek and Amanda touch hands in Journey to Babel, it's the Vulcan equivalent of a hug and a kiss. Kirk and Spock hold hands several times, and in general are quite physical with each other. The physicality between them at times is violently emotional.
In ST: TMP, Kirk engages in some prolonged and intense hand-holding with Spock in ST: TMP, but he doesn't kiss anybody.
Carol Marcus in ST 2 (Wrath of Khan), scientist and mother of his son, David. Their affair is a thing of the distant past. Not only don't we see them kiss, they can barely stand each other. OTOH, Kirk and Spock have a couple of scenes where they basically declare love to each other. In one scene, Spock says "I have been, and always shall be yours."
ST 3, Kirk is all about Spock. The only ship he cares about is his relationSHIP with Spock! Early in the movie, he mourns aloud in a voiceover about feeling like he left his "more noble half" (in other words, his better half) on Genesis...and he's referring to Spock.
In ST 4, Kirk gets a chaste little kiss on the cheek from the lady. But he and Spock play like sea otters in heat in the water at the climax.
In ST 5, I don't think Kirk gets any sugar at all, does he? When he goes to hug Spock at the end, Spock says, "Captain, please, not in front of the Klingons!"
In ST 6 some kind of creature kisses Kirk. He doesn't exactly ask for that attention. There is also a quick scene where he and Spock look like they maybe are kissing.
Antonia in _Generations_: Kirk is cooking and serving her breakfast in bed when we first learn of her. Hmm! Not exactly the bonk 'em with a club and drag 'em to your cave by the hair type, is he!? We don't really ever find out if Antonia is a real woman or just a fantasy, so I don't count her. We do hear her voice, and catch a glimpse of her on horseback, but she could be as unreal as Picard's "children", and besides, we never saw her and Kirk even kiss. DIG THIS: when Picard follows Kirk into the "bedroom", it turns out to be a stable, and there's no woman there, just a horse and a dog (both male). WHAT IS UP WITH THAT!? In any case, true to form, Kirk summarily dumps the unreal "woman" (Antonia) to run off with a real man (Picard).
So, what does it all mean?
Generally, as a romantic figure, Kirk is a complete dud - unless you agree that his partnerhip with Spock is romantic.
There IS proof that Kirk was very selective about women, that he had a definite type that he preferred (intelligent, independent, ladylike), and that he had sex with women very rarely.
Neither Kirk nor Spock ever had a lasting relationship with any woman. Their erotic relationships with women are few, far between, and fleeting.
There's NO proof that Kirk is a horny playboy heterosexual tramp. All the proof that exists proves, if anything, the exact opposite: that he's lukewarm about women, and indeed he could even be Gay. The fact that you can say the same about Spock (and for similar reasons) is, yes, significant.
There IS proof that Kirk and Spock were very devoted to each other, and that they certainly are deeply intimate. Kirk and Spock love each other, far more than they love any other character in their universe. They sometimes act possessive and jealous of each other, and save their most outrageous and extreme demonstrations of love for each other. Kirk and Spock prove their love for each other in a big way, many times.
Both Kirk and Spock show some small, fleeting interest in a tiny number of women, but many Gay men do. That alone is NOT proof that someone is heterosexual. Face it, Kirk and Spock's relationship with each other is the primary love relationship for both of them. That alone is not proof that they are homosexual, but it is significant. If Kirk and Spock are sexually intimate, they are very discreet about it. They are not overt, but that doesn't mean they are not Gay.
There IS proof that Kirk was selective about his women, that he had a definite type he preferred, and that he got laid very rarely. There's proof that Kirk and Spock love each other, and in fact were very devoted to each other. Where's the *proof* that Kirk is a playboy? There isn't any.
As a heterosexual, Kirk isn't very great with women. But as a homosexual, Kirk actually is a very romantic hero. He actually is a great lover. He loves deeply, wholeheartedly, with a fierce, white-hot passion. He proves his deep love and devotion for Spock many times, in a very big way.
I guess that's why I prefer to think of Kirk as Gay. IMHO, as a Gay character, he's more fully heroic, romantic, appealing, and interesting. He's a poor example of a heterosexual, but for a Gay hero, he's quite spectacular.
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