#i'm so done with people saying ''moffat isn't sexist'' #like can you stop idolising him for five fucking minutes #KKEEPING THOSE TAGS #because yes #all of that #thank you
Steven Moffat is so sexist.
The way none of his female characters can defend themselves
none of them are smart
and they all rely on their sexuality to get stuff done.
(ok to preface this sami this isn’t an attack on you ok i’m just kind of angry about steven moffat i still love you !!!!)
people aren’t saying that Steven Moffat is sexist because of the things you mentioned - people are saying that he is sexist because he’s sexist.
Admittedly, I think that Sally Sparrow is an incredibly strong character and also a very well written woman. However I still think that Steven Moffat is a sexist jerkhole. He called Karen Gillan “a wee bit dumpy” to her face, even though she is a 5’11” goddess.
also he’s said (and i quote verbaitm)
“There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married – we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands. The world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level – except if you live in a civilised country and you’re sort of educated and middle-class, because then you’re almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked. There’s a huge, unfortunate lack of respect for anything male.” source
if that doesn’t scream sexist piece of wank to you, then you’ve got the definition of the world ‘sexism’ wrong
ANYWAY i’m just going to talk about amy because i am 2 damn lazy to get into a big long post about everything Moffat has ever done wrong with his lady characters.
She is completely at the whim of the Doctor, the Raggedy Man who made her who she is but who also absolutely ruined her life. The character herself is strong, but the way Moffat treats her is despicable.
To quote tumblr user apriki, Amy was “kidnapped, tortured, imprisoned, [had] her baby stolen, [had] the child she thought was her baby disintegrate in her arms and [found] out that due to potentially horrific forms of medical experimentation she can never have children again,” but Moffat frames her as though “all [she] is worried about is that she can’t give her husband what he wants”.
Amy Pond is the only female companion we’ve had so far under Moffat’s era. To juxtapose the plot (in which she is the victim of bad things happening) that she is involved in with RTD era companions, let’s remember what Rose and Martha and Donna went through.
Rose Tyler was the defender of the earth; she saved the world on numerous occasions and the Doctor saw her as an equal. She could hold her own, just as Martha could.
Martha saved the world on her own with no direct help from the Doctor, and when the time came she was able to leave him because she knew it was better for her. She depended on the Doctor in the beginning, but was able to leave a healthy distance between them and go on her own way.
Donna was also able to support the Doctor as a separate person, and wasn’t entirely reliant on him. She was considered “the most important woman in all creation”. And even though in the end she was unable to remember the Doctor, she was still someone who the Doctor regarded as an equal and who gave as good as she got.
The difference between all of these women and Amy Pond is that Amy Pond is a passive character. She has things done to her rather than progressing the plot on her own. She’s a blank slate for Moffat to get pregnant, torture, make lose all of her memories, and rewrite her entire life. Moffat is taking away her agency by giving the Doctor and Rory more control over her own life than she does.
She’s the girl who waited. Waited for who? The Doctor. Literally every choice she makes is directly related to the Doctor.
Not only is the Doctor the linchpin around which Amy’s entire life revolves, but Rory is also becoming a caricature of the character he used to be. Rory and the Doctor exchange little jokes between them and the audience about how attractive Amy is, and even though there is nothing wrong with her dressing the way she does, she’s represented from the point of view of the male gaze - and boy does Moffat make sure we know it.
ANYWAY OK THAT’S WHY I THINK MOFFAT IS SEXIST
if you want to talk about it or give me a rebuttal or ask for clarification or get someone more competent and articulate to explain, let me know ok thank bye
Amy Pond: the Girl Who Waited.
Protip: if a woman in fiction written by men is lauded for her ability to suffer — not to create, not to destroy, not to control, not to plan or to plot or hit the ground running or save the fucking world — if we are told again and again what is so specifically wonderful about this woman is how much crap she’ll take, that’s a giant load of sexist bullshit.
I haven’t watched much of the 11th Doctor?? And now I want to watch it even less haha
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