eleven and sexism

My sister got detention today for speaking up against the blatant sexism in her school’s process of choosing the head prefect. They weren’t considering girls for the role simply because of their gender and the misogynistic belief that women were not born to lead. Because god forbid if a female is ever a leader.

 She. is. eleven. years. old. 

[Trigger warning: sexual assault]

flying-giraffe asked stfu-moffat:

Is it sexist if an actor (Like Matt Smith) just says his line as written without changing it? Cuz from Confidentials, I got the impression that actors were allowed to change lines from time to time or improve lines in. Actors get a say in their characters. So If Matt never tried to change the annoying sexism in his character… does that make him sexist? :(

I don’t think we can reasonably judge an actor’s sexism by the lines written for them, because most of them don’t have the power to change lines significantly. It’s possible that Peter Capaldi will have more power to change his lines than Matt Smith (and that Matt has more power now than he did when he started on Doctor Who), but it’s very hard to tell (unless an actor explicitly refers to changing certain lines) if an actor has influenced the actions of their character. If Matt Smith has the power to change the annoying sexism but doesn’t, then yes, he’s being sexist, but it’s impossible to know how much power he has so I don’t hold him responsible for anything the Doctor has said, unless it’s stated somewhere that Matt chose to say it. I think he said that the Doctor’s forcibly kissing Jenny was his idea, which was sexist (and sexual assault) though, and of course he’s responsible for what he says in interviews, some of which is sexist, so unfortunately he has done sexist things.

It’s painful to discover someone you admire is sexist. The important thing to remember is that most people have some sexist beliefs (and racist, ableist, heterosexist etc.) because we live in a society that holds these attitudes, but people can challenge their beliefs and one reason why it’s so important to talk about sexism (and other oppressive attitudes) is so people can challenge these beliefs and change. Hopefully, Matt Smith will realise when he has been sexist and will stop.

- C


purplespacecats asked stfu-moffat:

Yo can we talk about how creepy it was that Eleven was going through Clara’s possessions while she was asleep? And the whole “guarding her” thing was rather stalkerish. I get that Eleven isn’t the best with social norms, but he crossed a line. But we’re supposed to think everything is okay because it’s ~romantic~. If I were Clara, I’d’ve been like “Thanks for saving me, but could you please leave before I call the cops?” Idk, what are y'all’s thoughts?

YEAH, that was SUPER creepy! First off, Clara calls the Doctor on accident, he realises it’s Clara, and then he suddenly shows up at the door in a monk outfit and acts like a weirdo. We don’t know HOW long he was waiting outside of the house, pounding on the door, yelling at Clara to talk to him despite her telling him to go away SEVERAL times, and then he saves her life, puts her to bed, strokes and kisses her forehead, putzes around, touches and licks her private belongings, and then leaves cookies out for her AFTER biting into one. AND THEN he stays outside of her house, taking messages and confirming everyone else isn’t going to be there. Out of context, that sounds really bad, doesn’t it? Like, if we didn’t know who we were talking about, this would sound like harassment/abuse.

THIS IS NOT OK! We all know the Doctor is the heroic saviour type of person, but not everyone in the show’s world is going to know that. CLARA certainly didn’t know that and she was absolutely right to turn him away and keep him out. If a strange man comes up to your door and starts harassing you to talk to him, would you feel safe? Would you expect others to feel safe? Not only that, but he went out of line putting her to bed and going through her things. Yeah, the Doctor has a certain amount of social awkwardness, but don’t kiss a girl who doesn’t know you in her sleep, nor go through her things to only ask her about them later and then claim it’s a ~mystery~ you want to solve. And does anyone know WHY he left a half eaten jammy dodger on the plate? Is that something people do??

And not only that, but he still sits outside of her house while she’s asleep, right in front of the door and outside of her window. He blocks her two main ways of escape if she didn’t feel safe or OK with him outside. He was ‘protecting’ her, but he could’ve easily have done that inside his TARDIS. Again, WE all know who the Doctor is, but if you take these actions and put them in an everyday person’s life, it would be harassment/abusive. You can’t just act like these things are in a vacuum, people will think these actions are 'romantic’ and that leads to abusive relationships and harassment in the real world. Now, if Clara had told him off for being a creep, it wouldn’t have been OK per se, but at least it shows that it was not alright behaviour. But instead, she goes down and talks to this weird guy who was acting like an asshole earlier. Of course.

- SH

disturbedseanemone  asked:

Where's the rape culture cause I can't see it. Moffat makes some strong female characters. Don't say that I like watching sexist TV shows, I don't what self respecting woman does? He's good at what he does don't hate on him cause you think otherwise.

Recently SH and I had a tag discussion so we actually have a rape culture tag, as well as an Abuse and the Doctor tag, a Strong Female Characters tag, an Eleven and Sexism tag, a Moffat’s Doctors and Relationships tag, a Sherlock Women and Feminism tag and a misogyny tag.

We feel he’s good at writing really sexist TV shows and that’s something that should be criticised - if he really is a good writer, he should be able to write more varied female characters (as we’re half the population).

- C

Anonymous asked stfu-moffat:

… Anon, there was a lot of potential to develop Amy as a real character with depth before Moffat decided to: define her by the doctor, label her by a feature (legs), generally take away her choices. So, no. Honestly, I don’t believe it takes away from the amazing things she’s done such as saved the Doctor, a Starwhale, and survived 36 years by herself. As the writers of this blog mentioned, it’s just that it’s a stock female character Moffat seems to pull out of a hat for most of his writing.

Yup! Exactly. Amy did a lot of very awesome individual things and had good individual moments. However, the lack of character development and growth over the past two seasons is what makes her lacking as a character. It doesn’t even have anything to do with her being a woman (though it is frustrating because there is a serious lack of development of women in media in general), but as a character, the lack of any development is what makes her a template for Moffat.

The example that I always pull out for this is The God Complex: Amy lost her faith in the Doctor because of the Doctor, but in the end, she still trusted the Doctor despite everything that happened. As for the sexism, Rory never had faith in the Doctor because of past events and that made him stronger than any of the other characters. It shows a serious lack of characterisation and consistency in terms of writing good characters.

- SH