Very good points. I’ve checked some of his other film history and was quite impressed. He has PHD in Mathematics and was a Navy Officer who also made films such as an introduction to the (Dutch) Marines.
Later he made a movie on the Dutch National Socialist Mussert. It ook a while before it came on TV because he also interviewed Dutch Waffen SS veterans (which kind of made the viewers uncomfortable as it challenged the we = good they =evil trope ).
Another precursor to Showgirls, Star Troopers is the 1975 movie Kate Tippel (Keetje Tippel) which challenged the nostalgic view of the late 19th century. (Happy servants leading simple life and aristocrats in beautiful homes and clothes). The trick is that he DID show the rich people having fun but also a woman who had to prostitute herself for 2 slices of bread and a piece of bacon. Also desperate people demonstrating for jobs.
Starship Troopers also starts as a futuristic US high school (90210/Melrose place) episode an based on the perception of the viewer it then becomes a:
1 Sci Fi over the top Action movie with great looking actors and coed showering (which is not abnormal in Dutch saunas). They had to be good looking because the baddies only looked good to Arachnophiles .
2 a Fascist movie, I know that in Germany and Italy there were calls to ban the movie and people calling Verhoeven a fascist. Pretty misguided but that is better then them loving the movie because of the fascist undertone.
3 what Verhoeven told himself: Telling people facism is bad doesn’t work as the Hugo Boss Uniform Boys still will think it is cool. The movie pulls you in a very evil system and has this nagging feeling “hey this isn’t right”. People go to the Army to become citizens, Are the insects evil or are “we” the baddies, etc etc.
Also it had some other novelties as the rich boyfriend of the poor Denise Richards joined the military to be with her. Didn’t work because she had top scores and became a flight officer and dumped him as a career choice. There is a lot more to this flick than intergalactic pest control😎
I hope this makes sense.