What a Petrie Dish!
Troi's control over her own being is regularly overturned
in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Attackers and manipulators
frequently use her empathy as an avenue to disable Troi. In "The
Child" an alien life force impregnates Troi without her consent and she,
in a profound maternal empathic connection to the resulting child, ignores
his potential threat. She was used as a reproductive tool for experiment,
but accepted the circumstance warmly. The episode emphasizes woman's
role as reproducer and diminishes the importance of her consent.
To think on...
-How much control does she have over what happens to her
-Who makes final decisions regarding her health?
-What are the results of her decisions? of others decisions?
-How does she react when someone else asserts control
over her body?