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I don't know, and I don't know how true that is of Roddenberry the actual man; but the lead males in his fiction were almost always womanizing leches, so it wouldn't like surprise me.Roddenberry was a womanizing lech who would never have made it past today's #MeToo culture.
Does that sound libertarian?
After Star Trek, Roddenberry tried several times to start a new TV show about a man from the 20th century who was frozen and revived a couple hundred years later after an apocalyptic war when human society was vastly pared down and had reorganized itself. He made pilots but the shows never got picked up so the pilots just ended up being a series of stand-alone movies, each one a slight rework of the previous one. Think of them as like "reboots", except it was the same guy who kept rebooting them.
Anyways, one of the movies is called "Planet Earth", and the past-man hero and his friends are fighting against a matriarchal society that has enslaved men by drugging their food, with the hero calling the situation "women's lib gone wild". He manages to overthrow the matriarchal order by creating an antidote to the drug which he has his compatriots slip into the man-slaves' food while he distracts the leader of the women by seducing and bedding her.
But I mean if you think about it, that's kind of typical of Roddenberry. The original Star Trek show and the Next Generation both had episodes where a planet had a matriarchal society and each time the society was either tyrannical - literally enslaving males - or just plain stupid (like in the episode where Spock's brain was stolen).