Blerd Chick Stories: It’s Time To Recognize That Steven Moffat Is A Misogynist
It doesn’t mean you can’t watch Dr. Who anymore. It doesn’t mean you can’t like Sherlock. It just means that you recognize that as a writer and show runner, he’s entirely disrespectful of women. Whatever you do with that admission is on you.
Yeah, the new Doctor was announced today. It’s a dude; a white dude.
Try to contain your shock.
I’ve written before about how bad the writing has gotten and the sexism is pretty evident there too. River who is some creepy stalker chick who will not go away, Clara who…what she exists pretty much entirely as a sacrifice to The Doctor? Even Amy was eventually reduced to a shrill harpy who ceased to exist when she decided that her own life and the ability to make decisions about said life were something that she should maybe care about. Even the secondary female characters, Madame Vasta and Jenny, are pretty much just a series of lesbian stereotypes and jokes. Moffat’s writing makes it clear that he sees his female characters as extensions of or amusement for the males around them.
That’s extremely sexist.
Let’s not forget, a bunch of people, including Dame Helen Mirren, had been making the very valid point that maybe, in the 21st Century, it’s time that The Doctor was played by someone who was not a Caucasian male.
“I like that Helen Mirren has been saying the next Doctor should be a woman. I would like to go on record and say that the Queen should be played by a man.”
Here’s the thing, Steve, the next “Queen” will be named either Charles or William and he will, in fact, be a man. See how easy that was?
And since it is now canon that Time Lords can transform everything, including gender (The Doctor’s Wife), there is no logical reason not to cast a woman, or a Person of Color or anyone other than another white dude.
But no, instead Moffat made a joke of the entire concept. So let’s be clear, the real problem isn’t even the fact that Moffat didn’t cast someone who isn’t a white dude. It’s the fact that he clearly finds the entire concept to be laughable.
Hey, that’s entirely sexist too.
And you know, he’s not alone. Geek/sci-fi culture is full of guys who dismiss the presence and value of women in the culture and the artistic expressions of that culture.
It doesn’t change the fact that some of the people who have that problem write good shit. It doesn’t change the fact that some few of them throw PoC and women a relatively not suck character once in a while. Moffat hasn’t managed to do that, but other people do.
Yes, Stephen Moffat specifically, has managed to put forth, what a lot of people still consider a compelling little sci-fi show. That’s fine.
But I don’t have to give the man my money while he laughs off my whole gender.