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really though it’s a good thing i’m not a wizard because i would just use the summoning charm like 10 times a day to bring me food from the kitchen or the remote control from 5 feet away

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I think the reason that lots of people think Steven Moffat’s version of Doctor Who is sexist is because it repeatedly acts and sounds sexist. It may be that Moffat consciously tries to craft his Who as feminist or pro-feminist. If so, I don’t think there’s any better illustration of the crucial point that, in a sexist society, however much of an ‘ally’ you may be, if you’re a man then you still enjoy male privilege, and probably don’t realise it half the time.

The Doctor describes Clara as “a mystery wrapped in an enigma squeezed into a skirt that’s just a little bit too tight”. The Doctor describes Marilyn Monroe as though she really was nothing more than the stereotypical ‘man crazy’ ditz she played in some of her movies. Rory likens being married to Amy to being trapped inside a giant robot duplicate of her. We get dialogue like “Why did she try to kill you and then want to marry you?” “Because she’s a woman”. Osgood, a scientist, is shown to be secretly obsessed with jealousy towards her prettier sister. A Dalek develops a female alter-ego, and she spends her time cooking.
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In Moffat’s show, women are overwhelmingly defined by their traditional gender roles or bodily functions. It doesn’t matter that their excellence in these gender roles is praised by show and lead character. It doesn’t matter that we’re supposed to be impressed by the virtuosity with which River tricks people using her feminine wiles. It doesn’t change anything that the Doctor goes into rhapsodies about the wonders of motherhood. That isn’t liberating; it’s still the mapping of male, patriarchal conceptions of female value onto female characters.

River exists entirely because of the Doctor. Who the hell is River? She is an assemblage of gender essentialist tropes and wisecracks. When does she ever – beyond, arguably, her first appearance – behave like an academic or a scientist? When does she ever display anything resembling erudition or intellectual curiosity? When does she ever do or say anything to show or engender love? Admittedly, the Doctor seems to be sexually aroused by the way she shoots people… which is just charming. In ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’, she is incarnated as Mels, a character we’ve never seen or heard of before, and plonked unceremoniously into the story out of sheer, brazen convenience. She stalks Amy and Rory (her unwitting mother and father) for years, pretending to be their friend, all because of her pre-programmed monomaniacal desire to get to the Doctor. She regenerates while “concentrating on a dress size”. She spends the rest of the episode obsessing over her hair, clothes, shoes and weight. River’s instability is finally conquered by the love of a good man. This seems intensely hostile and patronising. If that isn’t what was aimed at, then somebody is a very bad shot.

It doesn’t matter that River is ‘powerful’. Fetishizing ‘power’ in women characters – having them kicking ass and always being ready with a putdown - isn’t the same as writing them as human beings.

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Steven Moffat: a Case for the Prosecution

[…]The reason I feel ill when the Doctor snogs River’s ghost at the end of ‘Name of the Doctor’ is not that I hate emotion in Who, or that I want – because I’m a sexually and emotionally repressed nerd or something – Doctor Who to be emotionless.  Rather, the opposite of this is the truth.  The reason I feel ill at moments like that is rather that I hate fake emotion, cheap emotion, unearned emotion.  Commodified emotion.  Packaged, marketed, profitable, sugary, junk emotion.  Sentimentality, in other words. 

Sentimentality is disgusting because it’s not fundamentally about other people, or relationships.  It’s about oneself.  It’s self-regarding, self-comforting, self-pleasing.  It isn’t social.  It’s narcissistic.  This is precisely what is so horribly wrong with all those Moffatian emotional tornadoes.  How can they be touching when the characters and relationships are so shallow?  When we’re watching narcissists adoring their own reflections in their partner’s eyes?[…]
 I don’t like having to hate this show.  I want to love it.  

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naamah-beherit:

avengerwho:

tastefullyoffensive:

Grandma caterpillar putting on lipstick. [via]

took me a minute

yeah, but when it does, you can’t unsee it

naamah-beherit:

avengerwho:

tastefullyoffensive:

Grandma caterpillar putting on lipstick. [via]

took me a minute

yeah, but when it does, you can’t unsee it

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tikistitch:

castielcampbell:

geekygallifreyan:

bohemiannerdsody:

assemble-the-assbutts:

bulletinthechest:

erwilde:

xbrokenrosesx:



 Can you explain me why is that picture so heartbreaking? WHY?

#because even then he did feel like he belonged #because he belongs on Earth with Dean

But does no one want to talk about how Anna is precariously hanging over the edge of that platform like that!?

It’s almost as if she wants to fall.

Gabriel looks like he wants to jump

and the shadow over whom im assuming is lucifer

This is Lettie’s art. She is amazing.

tikistitch:

castielcampbell:

geekygallifreyan:

bohemiannerdsody:

assemble-the-assbutts:

bulletinthechest:

erwilde:

xbrokenrosesx:

image

 Can you explain me why is that picture so heartbreaking? WHY?

#because even then he did feel like he belonged #because he belongs on Earth with Dean

But does no one want to talk about how Anna is precariously hanging over the edge of that platform like that!?

It’s almost as if she wants to fall.

Gabriel looks like he wants to jump

and the shadow over whom im assuming is lucifer

This is Lettie’s art. She is amazing.

(Source: atmostis, via moriartyalwayslives)

al-the-stuff-i-like:

elsajeni:

megadelicious:

dragonlordoferebor:

xyriath:

cumber-cookie-batch:

[When Sir Patrick Stewart was asked to describe Sir Ian McKellen’s early days on the british stage]

Look at that smug face. And he’s doing a little dance!! You can see he’s victory dancing in his head xD [x]

Okay but

really though.

…oh

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I mean:

(Ian McKellen as Hamlet, 1971. I mean, honestly.)

McKellen and Stewart’s friendship gives me life

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"Young women on the reservation live their lives in anticipation of being raped. They talk about, ‘How will I survive my rape?’ as opposed to not even thinking about it. We shouldn’t have to live our lives that way."

Juana Majel Dixon, 1st vice president of the National Congress of American Indians and co-chair of the NCAI Task Force on Violence Against Women (via nitanahkohe)

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  • Men's Rights Activists: THIS IS NOT FAIR. MEN HAVE PROBLEMS TOO.
  • Black Men: We're constantly demonized by mainstream media and are targets of police brutality.
  • Gay Men: We face discrimination and hatred and are denied marriage and job security.
  • Trans Men: We are outcasts and are denied medical care, our lives are constantly under threat and our gender is always under scrutiny and policed by others.
  • Men's Rights Activist: ....
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  • Men's Right Activist: Y-Yeah, but... a Feminist was mean to me...

sexhaver:

rasputin:

Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer. 

Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range. 

Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.

breathe into the BEE ORB to reveal your fate

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allthebellsinvenice:

rebellious-cat-lady:

He is one fabulous fucker

Seriously? Standing on rocks in the wildlands and pointing dashingly into the distance? He could not get any more fucking Byronic unless he were just coming away from a vicious duel that he only narrowly won, literally tugging Jane Eyre to an unholy altar with one hand and mainlining strong spirits with the other whilst silhouetted against the battlements of a burning manor house.
After a vicious duel. 

allthebellsinvenice:

rebellious-cat-lady:

He is one fabulous fucker

Seriously? Standing on rocks in the wildlands and pointing dashingly into the distance? He could not get any more fucking Byronic unless he were just coming away from a vicious duel that he only narrowly won, literally tugging Jane Eyre to an unholy altar with one hand and mainlining strong spirits with the other whilst silhouetted against the battlements of a burning manor house.

After a vicious duel. 

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