The thing is that the Syreen are wearing rather revealing "uniforms". Military uniforms that are impractical in battle, as they will NOT offer any form of protection.
I'm going to have to disagree with this. The Syreen are in space
. They're surrounded by huge masses of metal that would be protecting them. (They don't in Star Control's mechanics, but anyway....) So it wouldn't benefit the pilots to be wearing armor, and that's why no
pilot of any
race does so. Even the Orz captains don't don the marine suits they obviously have available.
In fact, I would say that the way the Syreen dress is exactly how they should given their tactics. Remember that the Syreen are based on the Siren, and their strategy is all about seduction. Dressing provocatively helps with that strategy.
I would also note that Feminists should appreciate
this aspect of the Syreen. It portrays femininity as powerful, forcing their enemies (through hypnotic seduction) to bend to their will. How could you possibly be a woman and not appreciate that?
Also, I would love the Syreen male to appear in a sequel. The way we have our females stereotyped when "serving": standing in the background, serving coffee/water/refreshments and showing off their ten-packs and biceps. And in full "feathers" (make-up, hairdo, ear-rings, ...), as they are the gender competing for the female's attention, and having to be the pretty ones.
First thing's first: I should note that because of how the Penetrator is designed, most Syreen ships are
loaded with male crew which came from enemy ships. You wouldn't expect them to be in the Captain's quarters, though; they'd be busy manning the ship.
But regarding what male Syreen would do, I think you have it backwards. Remember, in SC lore, the Syreen share a very close ancestor with humans, and still the same species in fact, which is why Zelnick is able to have children with Talana. Given that, it would be reasonable to assume that Syreen biology, wants, and needs would be very similar to those of humans.
It's a common Feminist myth that we women wear jewelry, makeup, and nice clothes because we're competing for male attention. I don't understand why
this is such a common myth, but it's just not true for most of us. We wear these things because we like them
. I'm sure the tendency evolved because it helps attract mates, but if the basic sexual dimorphism of the Syreen is roughly similar to that of humans, we can assume that, just like in humans, Syreen men are more built for physical activity than Syreen women. You have also suggested this. As such, I think it would be reasonable to expect that basic procreation-based behaviors would also be very similar: the women attract men with good looks, and the men attract women with utility. As such, Syreen women, just like human women, would like to decorate themselves with things like jewelry and makeup (again, not consciously to attract mates, but rather just because it's what they like to do). Syreen men, on the other hand, almost certainly would not. Instead, they would focus on showing off their strength (so clothing that reveals their muscles would of course be worn, just like human men do in real life), as well as their devotion, reliability, etc. Don't imagine hordes of drag queens bringing coffee over; imagine something more like a big guy who stands behind the fragile boss and does all her dirty work, gives her massages, fights for her, runs heavy machinery, etc, etc.