all the period dramas with a female cast

I literally won’t shut up about this:

want complex female characters? Watch Harlots.

want female characters whose romantic interest is either a form of support or a source of trouble but definetly not the ONLY thing that matters in her storyline? Watch Harlots

want a show with female characters of all shape, colors and ages? Watch Harlots.

want females complaining about their lack of options but at the same time not being ashamed of what they have to do to survive? Watch Harlots.

want period drama with POC’s? Watch Harlots.

also want period drama’s not being shy about how much of an assholes were the British to its colonies? Watch Harlots.

want a show set in an industrial time but not being gritty and grey but rather colorful and over the top? Watch Harlots

want to support a piece of media written, produced, directed by women WITH like a 90% of females cast? Watch Harlots.

conclusion: Watch Harlots.

Save Still Star-Crossed

I do not necessarily like doing this, as I know that it will most likely frustrate some of you to see a post about another tv show in your own tag. I apologize in advance. Although, the Still Star-Crossed fandom is in dire need of help. As some of you may already know, the show is a period drama that is set after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

Some may find the show quite cheesy, and whether you like that or not, it is still undoubtedly entertaining. The plot is compelling, and filled with drama. Not only that but the cast is diverse, and we finally have a black female lead in a period drama. There are a few tropes present in the show that we all know and love, such as the enemies-to-lovers trope and the arranged marriage trope. 

Unfortunately, the show has been cancelled after only three episodes. The remainder of the season will be broadcast but there will be no second season. ABC did not bother to advertise it. The show would have done well if it were not for the network casting it aside, not even bothering to give it a good time slot.

What I ask of you is to sign this petition to help give the show a second chance. It takes less than a minute! I would also appreciate it if you could reblog this, and spread the word. Thank you. 

Are you telling me that I wasted like…6 years of my life watching a mediocre-ass show written by 2 white-cis sexist fuckdudes who only queerbaited me, treated its female characters like disposable rag dolls and had not heard of ethnic diversity in 21′s century England…

While there was Black Sails, which is gloriously, unapologeatically Queer, with an amazing and diverse cast even tho it’s a PERIOD DRAMA; with amazing female characters that are actually treated as people; with well rounded POC characters and POC women who are given possitions of power and well written, well rounded storylines, is respectful of LGBTI audience and our traumas without fetishizing them, and the whole thing is hetero baiting people because queer love (all types of it) and queer wrath are shown to be endgame??

Like what was I even doing with my life jesus thank you diversity deities for mending my course.

Originally posted by no-homophobia-in-this-place

Steven Moffat's representation problem

The Twelfth Doctor is a white man.

The casting of Peter Capaldi, an accomplished actor and a great fit for the role, has led to a barrage of criticism for showrunner Steven Moffat. Those upset demand that their favourite show feature a female or minority lead, claim this continued lack of representation demonstrates Moffat’s own prejudice, and talk wistfully of the days when Russell T. Davis ran Doctor Who, looking back with Rose Tyler-tinted glasses at a time when everything was perfect.

There are similar criticisms for Moffat in regards to Sherlock, on which he is also a showrunner. Fans are annoyed that the main characters are all apparently heterosexual white men, ignoring the fact that the same is true for the source material, and that a lot of their distress is based on the fact that they “ship” the two leads and feel deprived of a homosexual couple to fetishise.

I don’t feel that any of this is fair.

Yes, Moffat has now cast two white men as Doctor, and two white women as companions. Davis didn’t cast any fewer, and his predecessors were the same. If Doctor Who had always been a deeply diverse show, and that had changed when Moffat arrived, personally attacking him for a lack of representation might be appropriate. As it is, the diversity of casting has not dropped one bit.

Let’s look at the latest series. Yes, the two mains may be anything but diverse, but the supporting cast certainly has been. In the first episode, the main supporting characters are an inter-species lesbian couple. In the second, a black woman. In the fourth, our heroes meet a number of black men through time. In the fifth, they are assisted by a white man and a black woman.

A black schoolgirl helps them in the sixth and the seventh, where they also meet the first woman on the moon. In the ninth, they team up with a black youth and a female police officer. The main supporting character across the series, and in the finale, is the companion’s boyfriend, a black schoolteacher.

The three episodes in which I think you can claim there isn’t significant minority representation are the third, eighth, and tenth. Interestingly, there are only five episodes which Moffat didn’t directly write or direct himself, and that includes all three of these. In every episode that Moffat had a hands-on influence, there was representation, whilst the majority of episodes where he didn’t did not.

For me, that doesn’t suggest that Moffat has a negative effect on diversity, but the opposite. If we look at the United Kingdom, where the series is set, you’ll see that over 87% of the population identify as white, leaving under 13% of minorities. If you look at those casting decisions I’ve listed above, you’ll see that Moffat goes far beyond this requirement of realistic diversity. He could fairly get away with 43% of characters being white men, but he almost never casts them.

If you look at other British TV shows, you’ll see what we usually expect in terms of representation. Look at political sitcom The Thick of It, for which Capaldi was known before entering the Tardis: almost all of the characters are white and male, with a few white women thrown in. Of the main 20-30 characters, about 7 are female, and all are white.

It’s not unusual amongst modern British sitcoms: think of Gavin and Stacey, The Inbetweeners, The IT Crowd, The Office, Black Books, Peep Show, Not Going Out, Outnumbered, and tell me they have better proportions than Doctor Who. Look at crime drama success Broadchurch, whose cast has more ex-Who stars than ethnic minorities, being over 90% white. Look at period dramas Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, which are expectedly equally pale.

Look at soaps, even though they are set in the inner-city, where minorities are more prevalent. Look at reality shows, or comedy panel shows, where nine out of ten real life comedians will be white men. All of these shows are less diverse than Moffat’s Doctor Who, and yet not a single one of their showrunners is widely criticised, let alone hated, for their lack of diversity in casting. That’s a problem that Moffat enjoys alone.

Not only is his supporting cast incredibly diverse, though: Moffat has also paved the way for a female or minority Doctor, more so that any showrunner before him. He has introduced us to two female time lords in recent seasons, and has also been the first to canonise the fact that regeneration can change both race (River) and gender (Missy). He’s the one who has opened the door for a non-white, non-male Doctor in the future. Davis didn’t come close to doing either, and even refused to have a Scottish Doctor, making Tennant change his accent whilst Capaldi is allowed to roam free.

Moffat gets the same hate mail for Sherlock, even though it’s the same story. In this case he can legitimately argue that his hands are somewhat tied: his adaptation is based on a source material where main characters Sherlock, John, Moriarty, Mycroft and Lestrade are all white men. I’d find it hard to criticise an adaptor for simply remaining faithful to the source material, but this is precisely what many have done.

Given that he also keeps faithful for the genders of Mrs. Hudson, Mary Morstan and Irene Adler, you can’t even accuse him of double-standards. Where he has had scope to add diversity, he has done so. Needing to add a medic and a police sergeant, he gives us two women, one white and one black. In the second episode, the story revolves around two Chinese women, and other female and minority characters appear about as regularly as you’d expect.

In terms of sexuality, Moffat may refuse to give you canon JohnLock, but he makes Irene explicitly non-straight, and the first relationship even mentioned in the series is same-sex (John’s sister Harry and her spouse Clara). As with race and gender, I think you’ll find that this is more than you get in most British television, and about as much “representation” as you’ll see in real-life British society. Moffat, again, seems to be wrongly singled out for blame.

When there is the slightest possibility of a gay couple being shown for a split-second in Frozen, you praise Disney for their progressive attitude. When Marvel cast black supporting characters, but still have four or more white men for their leads, you laud them for embracing diversity and tell DC to be more like their shining example.

When Moffat outright tells you a character is gay, or casts more black characters than white even when set in a majority-white country, you ignore it, and then spend days seething with rage at his hatred of diversity just because he has cast one role, which has always been given to a white man, to a white man. He then gets labelled sexist, racist, homophobic, and worse. He has been no less progressive that his predecessors in the role, and if anything has done more for diversity than Davis has, but he is blamed where they are not.

It’s popular to hate on him, and the more that other people do it the more people want to join that bandwagon, but almost nothing that you say is supported by the actual statistics of Moffat’s casting, especially when compared to other shows and their respective showrunners. If there is a problem regarding representation and Steven Moffat, it’s not with him. It’s with you.