sometimes i think that i am not so stereotypical of an american
and then i remember that i consider the coke freestyle machine one of the greatest modern inventions
i mean look at this thing
over 100 choices, computerized mixing, one spout, touch screen, ice dispenser
have u ever seen anything so wondrous and beautiful??
Martha Jones had the chance to be a feminist icon, but Russell T Davies inhibited her potential.
She could have been a strong, empowering female character. Her arrival after Rose’s demise meant that she could support and accompany the lonely Doctor. Instead, Davies reduced her into a romantic interest for the Doctor. Instead of living a life independent of the Doctor, RTD wrote for her to have a giant, flaming crush on him. Which is a shame, because otherwise we actually maybe could have liked her.
Additionally, RTD wrote the Doctor in series 3 as angsty and not yet over Rose’s departure from the previous series, making Martha a character fancying a man who’s not over his loss. It was like watching a series of female torture, which the media does not need more of.
I am disgusted.
While I think I understand the point you’re trying to make, I believe your word choice kinda ruins it.
Martha is not any less strong because she had a crush. The actual problem lies with RTD’s choice to make her have a crush on the Doctor. To me it sounds like you’re putting some of the blame on the character and saying she’s less of a feminist character because of it. That is not what we should be teaching girls. There is nothing wrong with Martha for falling in love with the Doctor. I don’t think it was a good choice on RTD’s part, but it is solely his fault. It sounds as though you feel her entire character revolved around this and that isn’t true. If I’m misinterpreting, I apologize and would love to have that cleared up.
Also, if it’s bad that the Doctor grieved over Rose for about a year (as that’s approximately the time that went by during that season) do you have a problem with Eleven grieving over Amy and Rory on a cloud for 100+ years I believe and refusing to help humanity? I do think that’s a lot worse, especially because he was in love with Rose and he wasn’t with Amy.
Clearly this attempt at trying to understand the Moffat-hate crowd was a mistake. Of the responses I got, I got one person who started by making some comment about “the proper use of the tag” (seriously, who the fuck made you Queen of the Tumblr tag?), and one person who pointed me to some things…
Maybe you’re just not opening your mind enough? I mean if you’re going to disregard anything with gifs (don’t understand why that’s even a problem) then clearly you’re not that interested in what we have to say. I saw your response to that person and all they did was provide their side and you didn’t say “thanks but here’s my reasons why i disagree with you” and instead you acted more (IMHO) condescending toward them
and i still don’t this anti-gifset thing
it honestly felt like you WANTED a reason to not like anyone’s responses
I should clarify that when I say “gifset criticism” I don’t mean “using gifsets to illustrate a point,” I mean taking a scene or line or quote, isolating it from its context, constructing a whole pseudo-narrative around the scene, and then responding to that. That’s a style of criticism that I find invalid, and it’s the one that is most often used by the Moffat-hate crowd (STFU-Moffat is particularly prone to this).
As for whether or not I’m opening my mind enough… I think it’s the other way around actually.
I mean, like I said, I find the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who to be very feminist and worthy of admiration. As I argued in the post, the story of Amy’s recovery from her sexual assault is, I feel, the best story of sexual assault survival I’ve ever seen on television. I think the fact that he’s the first Doctor Who show-runner to successfully come up with a structure for the Doctor/companion dynamic that doesn’t require the companion to throw their life away (even if temporarily) to travel with the Doctor is absolutely incredible. I think the feint of the Clara mystery - resolved with the revelation that the Doctor was wrong to think of her as a mystery, and that she was in fact just a normal woman who did something incredible - is fantastic. Steven Moffat has written some wonderfully progressive things that are worthy of praise.
And I think ignoring these things and getting hung up on cheap gender jokes and a few nasty scenes from other peoples’ episodes that he missed in editing is closed-minded. I think it comes out of a desire to hate Steven Moffat by any means necessary, and I think people will re-write the actual history of the show to serve that purpose. And that’s not okay. In fact, it’s harmful - in an interview I linked to a few weeks ago, Moffat’s wife (and producer of Sherlock), Sue Vertue, explains that they’ve seen what people say about him and that it distresses her. If you’re going to say nasty things about people to the extent that it causes them stress, you at least owe it to them to give an honest and all-encompassing account of what they’ve done. The Moffat-hate crowd doesn’t.
As for what I said about the person who responded to my post? Their criticism was inept and stuck to the same inaccurate representation of Steven Moffat’s work that is common among Moffat-crit. I stand by that. If I was condescending when I said it, well, shame on me, then. But I’m not going to be disingenuous for the sake of politeness.
I’d love to be able to engage with feminist critics of the Steven Moffat era. But I no longer feel like I can expect a discussion in which both the good and bad of the Moffat era is represented and accounted for, and I feel like the vitriol and the personal attacks against Steven Moffat himself have gotten way out hand. I cannot respect people who are dishonest in the name of feminism, and I cannot respect people who make vitriolic and violent comments about someone with no real major offenses to his name as if that’s at all okay.
full body blusher steve rogers THIS IS SO SELF-INDULGENT
If we don’t protect the galaxy, who will?
is anything more exhausting than a white man with opinions
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
It’s reached the point where I’m actually scared to go and see Marvel movies because I just know I’ll leave the theater being obsessed with another character.
We’re government agents now, we should have secret code names