his writing for women is a and better than most white male creators can come up with

Pourquoi le ciné et la télé doivent arrêter de faire coucher des lesbiennes avec des mecs
Comme récemment dans la série Dix pour cent, il arrive régulièrement que des personnages introduits comme gays ou lesbiens couchent finalement avec une personne du sexe opposé... au plus grand regr...
By Marie Kirschen

Remember that French TV show (Dix pour cent) I told you about, that made their lesbian main character sleep with a man? Now that character is pregnant with him of course, but the creator of the show Fanny Herrero (a straight woman) has a very good reason, don’t worry!

“Andréa is gay but she’s liberated enough to, on a one-night-stand, have sex with a man and not have a problem with it, because her sexuality is mature and fulfilling enough that she doesn’t ask herself questions. From the beginning, I knew that this character would have a very rich, complex and liberated libido, and for me that goes beyond sleeping with women. I think Andréa is more modern than that.”

Did you hear, ladies? A modern woman with a rich, complex, fulfilling sex life = a woman who wants to have sex with a man! How progressive!

Anyway, for once a Buzzfeed article about lesbians isn’t completely awful, so @sespursongles and I translated it in English :

Why movies and TV have to stop making lesbians sleep with guys

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August Theme: Women In Comics

Pt. 1

While reading articles in an attempt to pull something coherent together for August’s postings, I came across a strange but not-surprising theme. The comic and graphic novel industry is criticized as one of the most toxic places for women, and while yes it does permeate through entertainment as a whole, like in video games, the comic industry is highly toxic. But that’s not the strange part. What is strange is that many in the industry don’t want to be singled out as an individually negative space for women and like to remind the world that it’s just as bad everywhere else. However, we know from what little information we can find on the history of women characters and creators in comics, is that it has always been an uphill battle (and even more so for people of color and other minorities). That being said, I am not writing this today to prove to anyone that this space struggles any differently than the other spaces of the entertainment sector, but would be happy to provide you a little insight into the birth of women in comics and cartooning, as well as give some examples of the strides and struggles that are being made today.

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An Extremely Important Letter to Doctor Who Fans After Yesterday's Events.

Lets just cut to the chase.

Yesterday a trans woman on tumblr who had been bullied and harassed for enjoying and finding strength in Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who threatened to kill herself and disappeared. As we have learned today, she did not go through with the threat, but did self-harm. That she is alive is wonderful. That she was bullied into self-harm however, is abhorrent. What we need to acknowledge here is that this is not and has not been an isolated incident.

The anti-Moffat crowd has always had a horrible problem with the voices of minorities, survivors, and the dispriviliged disagreeing with them, a trend that as far as I’m aware started with Series 6 of Doctor Who, a series that contained content many survivors of rape and sexual assault, as well as lesbians, considered affirming and supportive. This was the first time I had people come crying to me because Doctor Who had made them understand they’re lives were still valuable after an assault.

This was also the first time I heard people ignoring those survivor’s voices, verbally harassing them, telling them the thing that kept them from killing themselves was awful to their faces, and at the worst telling them they should kill themselves. People I sometimes knew. People who often called themselves feminists. I was and have been horrified, but very few people cared. The right to hate the creator of a TV show unconditionally without any regard for the voices of people whose lives his writing positively affected was of course, more important than people who had already been beaten down.

This was also the first time I had people come to me asking me to stand up for them. I cannot say this was something I wanted to do. Frankly, I hate arguing on the internet. But when people come to you because they are afraid to confront other people, and are afraid they will shame or bully them, people who have had it way worse than you ever will have as a white cis heterosexual male, how can you say no? So I started standing up for people, human beings, who were afraid to talk to the often vitriolic Moffat-Hate crowd. This wasn’t an isolated thing– there were women so scared of harassment they couldn’t take from other people, other people who are prominent in the Doctor Who community have been called on at various times, the most notable being a prominent Doctor Who blogger who was asked by a girl who was raped, didn’t kill herself thanks to Moffat’s writing, and was then told she should have “finished the job” by someone who hated Moffat. Naturally, the mature response to him taking on the anti-Moffat crowd was for them to threaten his family till his wife left Tumblr and the girl who survived the rape decided to quit interacting with Doctor Who fans entirely for fear of harassment for liking Stephen Moffat.

After experiencing some trauma some time ago, I seriously considered ending my own life, and very nearly did. It was Moffat’s Doctor Who that brought me back over the edge, and saved my life. I made a post about that experience, saying very little other than how it had prevented my suicide attempt, and was promptly inundated with messages telling me that I should have gone through with it or should try again (at least there would be one less Moffat loving piece of trash in the world!).

I very nearly did.

Its really hard for me to write about that experience, and I wouldn’t be again if more lives weren’t at stake.

See, its gotten worse. This year Steven Moffat wrote episodes of Doctor Who with a canonically Asexual Doctor, and another character who has transitioned from male to female. I got a call from someone I know who is Asexual who was moved to tears by the representation. There were some very very happy Trans people I knew online due to this. I was very happy. But the response from the Moffat Hate was frankly horrific. People who had been very quick to jump on attacking Moffat on some slips of the tongue he’d made earlier in his career about asexuality soon began to pummel Asexuals, and how removing the Doctor’s sexuality ruined the show and his character. The transphobic dialogue was much more common, much more pronounced, and so slur filled and vitriolic… Well you can imagine. Trans-exclusionary feminists and people who hated feminism, as well as plenty of people who said they didn’t hate trans people but then went on to make transphobic rants, all joined together to make one giant cluster of hatred.

….And this is where we are today.

The thing through all of this was the deafening silence. Whenever someone was bullied, or harassed, people didn’t care. When it was pointed out that there were people who didn’t feel like their voices were being heard or mattered in the discussion soon had these suspicions confirmed. What should have been a discussion about Doctor Who turned into a weird sort of dogma– Moffat is evil, and nothing can change that. It didn’t even matter that he listened to every criticism given to him.

When it was pointed out that there was no LGBTQIA+/MOGAI content in Series 5, he added some in Series 6. When it was pointed out that there were not enough people of color in series 6, he added more in series 7 and 8, even including the first episode to have an entirely PoC guest cast. When it was pointed out not enough of the episodes under his tenure passed the Bechtel test, he upped the ante in series 8. He said something off the cuff he was sorry for about Asexuals, and then wrote the Doctor as an Asexual. Moffat has listened to every criticism given to him, and has publicly supported equality movements. But somehow, he’s become this sort of Devil who can do no right. Sure, he’s made mistakes, but he has actively tried to make up for them. Actively.

The hatred really has seemed to come down much more to a hatred of his writing, and using social justice causes as a sort of sledgehammer in order to get a head writer for the show that some people would like the style of better. This has apparently been important enough to throw everyone who disagreed with it under the bus repeatedly.

And now, a Trans Woman has been bullied into self-harm, and attempting or considering suicide. This is no longer a case of a simple disagreement in the Doctor Who fandom, this is a poison, and it needs to go NOW. If you are condoning these people, actively or silently, you’re part of the problem. If you want to say “But not all anti-Moffat people are like this!” you need to realize what you sound like, because you’re part of the problem. If you honest to God think that any of this is, has been, or will be okay in the future if it continues, you’re part of the problem.

You can hate Stephen Moffat, you can hate his writing, but this treatment of people who have been fans of his has got to stop. And frankly, the hatred of him is pretty nasty and overblown to. You can hate his writing, but you really should ask yourself if you’re a trans-positive feminist why you hate someone personally who agrees with you on the big things– like rights for real living people, and why him writing a TV show you used to like but don’t anymore makes him so corrupt.

I had made a statement before that I’d said was my final statement on the bullying from the Moffat Hate crowd, but bullying a Trans-Woman to nearly kill herself has invalidated that promise. I can’t make that promise again.

The lives of one Trans-Woman, or one Rape-Surivor are more important to me than comfort, and for me to stay silent on this topic would make make me guilty to.

Please help us make this fandom, and this world a better place. Please. I am literally begging you.  

anonymous asked:

I don't want to be disrespectful, but I don't understand your issue with sherlock and "queerbaiting." I'm all for representation in media, however, realistically not everyone is gay. John has said multiple times in the show that he isn't gay, and he was married to a woman. Two men are allowed to be close friends without having to satisfy a tumblr-worthy homoerotic fantasy. As I said, I fully support representation, but just because two characters aren't gay for each other doesn't make a show bad

There are many things I’d like to unpack in your ask, nonny.

It’s difficult to know where to begin. I’ll start by saying I’m glad you agree that queer representation is important. So let’s start there, with the textual representation of queer people in Sherlock.

The characters who are textually queer in Sherlock include: 

-Moriarty (confirmed most recently in TFP when he jokes about his bodyguard having ‘more stamina, but is less caring in the afterglow’),
-Irene Adler (established as gay during the Battersea scene with John, in which to his assertion that he’s not gay, she replies, “well I am. Look at us both.” More on John later. She also nonconsensually drugs and whips Sherlock, which I think is extremely out of character for a professional in the kink community)
-Culverton Smith (who has an honest to god hard on when he’s suffocating Sherlock and breathes his fear of death in and says in the most rapturous voice, “lovely”),
-Eurus, (who suggests that the victim of her brutal rape could have been a man or a woman and she wouldn’t have noticed)
-and to some extent Magnussen (who creepily kisses Sherlock’s hands, among other weird bodily power things he does, like flicking John’s face).

Perhaps you’ve noticed that this is a list of villains, all of whom are queer coded, and most of whom to some extent have the hots for Sherlock and violate Sherlock’s bodily autonomy when he is otherwise incapacitated (other than Eurus, because equating queerness with incest would be a little much even for this show).

So for our queer representation on this show we get 6, count em, 6 queer monsters, 6 queer psychopaths.

Forgive me if I’m less than thrilled about this.

BUT I was willing to overlook this, I was willing to forgive this, because to my view, the plot was inching forward towards a realistic portrayal of queer love—a nuanced and hard won happy ending, a love narrative that would speak to the complexities of human nature and queer identity.

Let’s turn to that question for a while. Queerness does not exist in a vacuum. It exists within a highly oppressive heteronormative framework. And so when you tell me, John has said many times that he isn’t gay, I say unto you: so did I.

My only way of surviving a homophobic environment was to swallow whole the lie that I was straight, to try as hard as I could to believe I was straight. This is compulsory heterosexuality. The result of this doublethink was that I had no interest in romance or sex. But I publically feigned interest in men for many years. I worked hard to convince myself that I was straight and normative. I was trapped deep in a subconscious closet. We often talk about the closet being something that we know we’re in and we want to be out of it. But I tell you, I honest to god thought I was straight. I thought I would marry a man and have children and live in the suburbs. As it turns out, none of those things have happened, thank god. But I spent many years of my life telling people I wasn’t gay.

By the way re: John and his marriage to a woman, being married to someone of the opposite sex has virtually nothing to do with whether you’re gay or not in a world where visible gayness is met with violence, death threats (my gf has literally been chased with a knife), rape threats (this has happened at least three times that I can think of off the top of my head), judgment, discrimination, and hate. Also, many people, like a younger version of myself once did, believe that they are straight and do their best to act accordingly, including marrying someone and finding out later that they were wrong in doing so. All this being said, John could easily be bi or otherwise queer. Suggesting that his marriage to Mary should preclude any and all attraction to men or taking that as proof of straightness is frankly biphobic and erases the bi experience.

But let’s move away from the personal significancer of a John Watson coming out/discovering himself narrative, and towards addressing your other comments.

Regarding your comment, “Two men are allowed to be close friends without having to satisfy a tumblr-worthy homoerotic fantasy”: From my perspective, summing up what the Johnlock fandom does as “tumblr-worthy homoerotic fantasy” is infantilizing and doesn’t give full credit to the depth of thought and nuance that goes into these transformative works.

I can name on one hand the pieces of mainstream media that tell a story like mine. Blue is the warmest colour is one, Carol is another.

The work these fanfiction authors are doing for representation by taking mainstream stories and queeriung them is monumental. But it is still not mainstream media representation. And we deserve that.

And now we come to the queerbaiting portion of my response.

Tropes are what tell us what kinds of archetypal stories are being invoked in the telling of a new story. In TV, there are many different kinds of tropes: plot tropes, lighting tropes, musical tropes, dialogue tropes, camera angle tropes, etc. For example a long lingering gaze in television codes romance for us. It’s a romantic trope. 

For more on tropes, here are some useful resources:



As a culture, we tell a lot of straight white love stories that end happily. Most of our romantic tv tropes come from these stories.

As a culture, we don’t tell many gay stories, and usually when we do, they are tragic and someone dies (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BuryYourGays). A common trope in stories about lesbians that I hate is that one woman leaves the other for a man—and that’s supposed to be a happy ending.

The point is, the filming and story telling tropes of romance are all over this show and these characters. Close shots of them gazing into each other’s eyes, the soft looks they give each other when they think the other won’t notice, the soft lighting accompanying these scenes, the dialogue, especially in the scene in ASiP at Angelo’s. As an exercise, try imagining that scene if Sherlock were a gorgeous woman.

JOHN: So you’ve got a boyfriend then?


JOHN: Right. Okay. You’re unattached. Like me.  Fine.  Good.
(modified from this transcript )

And then John licks his lips.

This is where it becomes queerbaiting. When the BBC tweets “Sherlock’s in love, but with who?” in order to promote s4, in which Sherlock’s romantic life is not shown to be developing at all, that is queer baiting. And it’s cruel.

More on queerbaiting:



Basically, the idea of gayness between Sherlock and John is a running joke on the show, a joke which has no pay off. Perhaps your sexuality has never been thrown in your face, or laughed at. Perhaps you have never been threatened violence or stalked or whistled at. But I have experienced all of this, just for holding my girlfriend’s hand in public.

So in sum, we have a show using romantic film tropes in order to make a joke about my sexuality, a joke at the expense of the marginalized.

Of course I’m upset and angry.

If this is a show about an epic platonic male friendship, that’s fine.

(Epic platonic male friendship is the oldest, most done narrative in existence, by the way. This is an excellent if somewhat dry book about the cultural shift in the twelfth century from tales of epic brotherly love/devotion between knights to tales of chaste courtly love between men and aloof women).

But in that case, stop it with the romantic TV tropes, stop teasing queer fans on twitter, stop making homophobic “no homo” jokes for the straight audience to have a laugh at my expense, and for god’s sake, stop writing all of your villains as queer coded psychopathic monsters. Was that really necessary??? It’s homophobic and it’s bad, lazy writing, and we deserve better representation than that. We deserve more than psychotic gay villains and desperately unspoken hidden subtext and winks and nudges on twitter from the creators. We deserve real representation, no hinting, no winking, no implying. Real, textual queer representation.

My last comment to you, nonny, is this: Indeed, not everyone is gay. And neither is everyone straight. I’m tired of never seeing myself or any part of my identity reflected in mainstream media.

For more information about media’s skewed representation of the world, see this GLAAD report. 

Thank You, Arrow

THIS IS SUPER LONG, BUT STAY WITH ME! It’ll be worth it, I hope! 

Before I get into this, there are a few things you should probably know about me. I’m 24. I’ll be 25 in 6 months. I watch an insane amount of TV, probably more than most people should and I always have. I tend to get offended and upset when people try and tell you that your brain will turn to mush if you watch too much TV. All lies. I usually counter with - “not the way I watch TV!” I pride myself on being an active participant in my media. I always have been - even before I realized/ learned that that’s what I was doing. Nowadays, I usually chalk it up to wanting to hone my craft (I just recently finished my master’s in film), but let’s face it - I just really, really love TV.

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