In the “Return, part 1,” there is a scene wherein Helia and Woolsey are in the middle of talking. Helia is wrapping up how the Wraith-Ancient war ended. We don’t hear the beginning of the conversation, but Woolsey says to her, “And by your own admission, you are responsible for the emergence of the Wraith as a species.”
I would say race, rather than species, because Wraith are human hybrids, but, at any rate, I want to know what she told Woolsey to make him say that! The hologram’s speech from “Rising” was vague, but Woolsey’s reaction to Helia makes it seem more involved than simply a few Ancients fumblingly setting foot on a random world where Wraith slept.
If only the first half of that convo had been included in the episode!!!
Misgendering Wraith with the pronoun “it” is not canon and violates the source hierarchy. Plus, it is just plain outdated and rude.
Source 1 On-screen dialogue:
Both Wraith and the New Lanteans refer to the males with he/him and the Queens as she/her. This includes the masked warriors. Not even Ronon misgenders.
WRAITH: Put him with the others. (referring to masked warrior)
WRAITH: Wake her. (referring to the Queen)
WRAITH: He is in a holding cell. He completed the recalibration that was required. (referring to Todd)
McKAY: Hey, where’s Todd? SHEPPARD: He escaped. (referring to Todd)
Source 2 On-screen visual cues:
The masked warriors have certain types of armor pieces and the Queens have curvy features.
Source 3 On-screen episode credits:
The Lost Tribe’s cast credits state “Male Wraith”
Additionally, misgendering makes Stargate look out-of-touch. One does not see Ninja Turtle Leonardo nor Transformers Megatron being mislabelled “it.”
Whenever I quote someone misgendering/violating canon and the way Wraith define themselves, I use [sic] to denote the error. Example: “Ronon promptly runs towards it [sic] and aims his blaster at its [sic] head.”
Using [sic] calls out the error and disavows support for misgendering, othering, and objectification in racism, speciesism, etc.