TW: Misgendering TW: Cissexism
He’s called Susan, and he wants you to respect his life choices.
So we have this horse called Susan, a traditionally female name. After having established the horse prefers to be called Susan, The Doctor continues to refer to it as ‘he’.
This blatant disregard for the horses gender identity is really awful as it reinforces the idea that it is okay to ignore peoples gender identities and preferred pronouns. It is also problematic that The Doctor refers to it’s gender identity as a ‘life choice’.
Ultimately, this line added nothing to the episode and was irrelevant to the story. All it did was mock trans* folk.
Furthermore, the fact that this horse is only the second trans* character in seven series’ of the show, the first being Cassandra, just speaks to the lack of respect the both RTD and Moffat have for trans* folk.
These are the main points I’ve seen being discussed on my dash, but I’m cis so my understanding of this issue is limited.