In ancient Muslim cultures, a harem was a domestic space reserved for the women of the house, intended "to protect the modesty, privilege, and protection" of the family's women and children. On Stardate 1329.1, while aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, Eve McHuron complained that the crew of the ship was staring at her and the other women in her group of wiving settlers "like we were Saturnius harem girls or something."
Notes and References
- "Harem." Wikipedia, retrieved 21 Oct 2020.
- Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "Mudd's Women." Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 3. Directed by Harvey Hart. Story by Gene Roddenberry. Written by Stephen Kandel. Desilu Productions, 13 October 1966.
- In western popular culture at the time the episode was produced, the concept of the harem was imagined as "a hidden world of sexual subjugation;" while culturally insensitive, the quote in the episode was a clear reference to that.