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Anonymous asked:

Do you think it’s less creepy for Clara to meet Danny as a young boy than for the Doctor to meet his future “love interests” as young girls? And do you think that Clara not telling Danny about how she knows his real name could be similar, and therefore as wrong, to Eleven not telling Clara the truth about her? Or is it different in some ways?


I’ve been thinking about this a lot since this question was submitted and I think the reason why I didn’t find this really creepy was because the story of a person meeting their future love interest as a child was done in a very different way when Clara met Danny.

When Amy, River, and Reinette met the Doctor as young children, the Doctor became an obsession for them. They remembered their encounter with him vividly and to various degrees became obsessed with him. Their lives completely revolve around the Doctor. Their stories are not about how they grew into the adults they would become, but about how they became obsessed with the Doctor and, when they were old enough, their childhood obsession became sexual attraction.

Danny’s story is very much not about how he grew up to be Clara’s romantic interest. It’s the story of how he grew up from being a child scared of monsters under the bed to a soldier; from a boy into a man. He can’t even remember Clara’s visit, and the only influence it has apparently had on his life (at least, that we know of yet) is that it in some way influenced his desire to become a soldier.

Now, both of them are in some way creepy. And I think the show has acknowledged this in some way. In “The Impossible Astronaut” River tells Rory:

When I first met the Doctor, a long, long time ago, he knew all about me. Think about that. An impressionable young girl and, suddenly this man just drops out of the sky and he’s clever and mad and wonderful, and knows every last thing about her. Imagine what that does to a girl. 

And in “Listen” we saw Clara’s distressed reaction when she realized she had inadvertently influenced Danny’s life in such a profound way. In the script, this is how her reaction is described:

CLARA: closing her eyes in despair. This is so screwed up.

I think that it’s interesting for a show about time travel to explore what happens when you inadvertently influence someone you know when they are young, and to explore how messed up it is even when it is done unintentionally. Still, the story of Clara meeting Danny as a boy is the story about how she inadvertently influence him as a grown man, an experience he won’t remember. The story of the Doctor meeting Amy, River, and Reinette as children is the story about how the Doctor is so amazing that these girls grew up obsessed with him and made out with him as soon as they were sexually mature. And that’s creepy.


Anonymous asked:

I can't help but find it rather amusing how self-righteous sjws are in general (I consider you one of them). You think you're making all these great, progressive changes in the world, you think you're the voice of every oppressed minority? Like hell. In reality, you're probably just a young girl sitting at a computer screen, thinking she's the goddam queen for yelling stuff like "STUPID IS AN ABELIST TERM!11!!" at everyone who passes. Your blog is inconsequencial and full of shit.



I’m not posting this to respond to the ironically self-righteous asshole, but to comment on how anonymous hate functions as a method to silence women on the internet. Let’s break this comment down really quickly.

First, there is the attempt to call me a “Social Justice Warrior” as an insult. Second, there is the attempt to insult me by calling me a “young girl,” with the intent to make me feel diminished and immature and the implication that young girls are stupid, self-righteous, and too full of themselves. Finally, there is the attempt to belittle my work by saying that it is inconsequential and full of shit.

I could rebut all of these points. I choose to call myself a SJW with a bit of humor, and I don’t see it as an insult. I’m most definitely not a young girl; I just graduated college and I work a full time job, which is why I haven’t been posting a lot lately. Furthermore, I find that young girls make some of the most insightful comments about feminism and Doctor Who, and their input has influenced the posts I write for this blog. This person’s attempt to call me a “young girl” would only insult me if I bought into their misogynistic opinions about the intelligence and assertiveness of young girls. Finally, I could remind this person that my work has been published and funded by grants, and that 14,000+ people follow this blog, so I know that others have recognized my work is good and that it is influencing others. Personally, I don’t really care if this doesn’t change the world in big dramatic ways. I’m just happy if it starts a discussion.

But that won’t change this person’s mind or stop them from sending me anonymous hate, because this isn’t really about me or my work. They are not engaging or criticizing any particular thing that I’ve discussed on my blog. They just want me to shut up.

You’re not important. You’re stupid and self-involved and too confident in yourself. Your work is shit and won’t change anything.

That’s not something someone says when they just disagree with you and want to criticize your work. That’s someone who hates the fact that you exist and you’re talking, and they just want to insult you and make you feel bad so that you shut up.

So, ladies, if you get anonymous hate messages like this, remember that it’s not really about you or your work. It’s a silencing tactic. Don’t let them silence you.

katedrawscomics said: The irony of a drive-by-hater anon calling anything ‘inconsequential’ is staggering.

Shhhh, that’s too much self-reflection for your average troll. You’ll hurt their poor little heads.







holy shit there is a name for it

Well damn. Explains a lot.

Suddenly I understand some of my fan base a LOT better.  That is Awesome. 

"holy shit there is a name for it" was my reaction before I even scrolled down to the comments.

I just need to keep reblogging this because I cannot even begin to tell you how profound a feeling of YES and THIS and THERE IS A WORD FOR ME OMG I get every time I see this, and I hope it helps others too.

seriously, anytime you see a post with a comment saying “theres a name for it?!” reblog that post because even if it doesnt apply to you any of your followers could be waiting for that revelation.

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The Reboot’s Uniforms & Why They Are Sexist

Why are you ranting about this? you ask rhetorically.

I ignore the facetiousness of your tone and tell you anyway.

Starfleet is a para-military organization. It’s structure follows a chain of command. Responsibility and authority flow from the top of the command structure down. Authority and responsibility are not invested in the people, but in the positions they hold. For example, if Dr. McCoy is relieved of duty, he would not longer be Chief Medical Officer aboard the Enterprise. The next person in the chain of command would take his place.

Now, let’s play a game with hypotheticals, shall we?
Let’s say that instead of Dr. McCoy being relieved of duty, he is incapacitated while serving aboard the Enterprise. This happens during an emergency situation. People are pouring into Sickbay, and many of them are from different departments, with no idea who is in-charge in Sickbay. They need a way of quickly knowing who is in-charge so that they can be treated. Luckily for them, Starfleet has foreseen this calamity. All they need to do is look at the uniforms and the badges. They look for blue, see a medical comm-badge, and then glance at the acting CMO’s sleeve. They immediately know who is coordinating medical treatment in this crisis.

Now, let’s play another round of this game…
In this version, Dr. McCoy is incapacitated during a medical emergency just like the last situation, but in this situation, the acting Chief Medical Officer is a woman. People pour into Sickbay from different departments, not knowing who is in-charge. They look around for blue shirts and medical comm-badges, but the highest ranking personnel they see is an ensign. They ask him for help, interrupting what he is doing. He directs them to the acting CMO. All of this happens over the span of a few minutes, but in the chaos of the emergency, these minutes make the difference between life and death of the people being treated.

You can see why this might begin to cause an issue.

Similarly, let’s say that Lt. Uhura commands a random ensign to do something of the utmost importance. On a ship as large as the Enterprise, this ensign does not recognize Lt. Uhura. They know who she is, but they haven’t seen her that much, spending most of their time in Engineering. They then spend the time to ask who she is before following the order. In an emergency situation, that time is precious.

Perhaps that example works even better with Lt. Marcus, who is actually a new addition to the Enterprise crew. It is highly conceivable that her new crewmates would be unaware as to her identity and rank.

There is literally no mechanism for crewmembers to immediately asses the rank of the women serving in Starfleet. For all some new crewmember knows, Uhura could be anything from an ensign to a lieutenant commander.

But, you say having listened to me drone on, women can choose to wear variations of the uniform!

Ahh! Not so fast!

You see, women in TOS could do that too.
As you will note, this is a uniform cut for a woman


that has pants.


The lack of piping indicates that this woman rocking pants is of a lower rank, and is probably an ensign or is enlisted. She still has a means of displaying rank.

Even TNG flipped this standard on its head, but showing men in the background wearing the skant version of the uniform in the 1980s.


But see those pips? That’s his rank indicator.


You see, much like TOS and TNG, the Reboot has thus far relegated modified uniforms to a few select background extras. What’s the problem with that?

It’s 2013.

Only allowing a unnamed background characters to wear the variant uniform is not the same as seeing Lt. Uhura or Lt. Marcus occasionally wear it.

Additionally, the cultural context of the miniskirt has changed. While it was once seen as a symbol of liberation, it is now interpreted as one of objectification. That is not to say that the miniskirt is inherently one or the other, but that a very clear message is sent within our own cultural context today when the vast majority of the women seen onscreen are wearing it.

Within film, and also television, there is a saying, “Show, don’t tell.” Film is primarily a visual medium and secondarily an audio medium. The majority of the information in film is communicated to the audience visually. That means that seeing one or two extras wearing variant uniforms in shots that last perhaps a few seconds within the context of a feature-length film does not show us much. It has almost the same effect on the audience as a throw-away line of dialogue of Uhura saying, “I prefer the short-sleeved dress to the other options” would. That is to say, it has almost no effect at all, because that is not what the audience sees for the vast majority of the film.

Saying that women clearly have the option of wearing the variant uniform is like saying R2-D2 is a Star Trek character because he appeared as a bit of debris for a few seconds in both the Reboot films.

You see, even in the TOS Mirror-verse, women still show rank.

See that braid around the collar of Uhura’s top?


That signifies her rank.

Even the corrupt Terran Empire, with its midriff-baring uniforms, still has a means by which women can display their rank. After all, the Terran Empire might be vicious and terrible, but it also has to function properly.

So when high-ranking women officers have no way of displaying rank on a starship that routinely faces danger, it causes problems in emergency situations, and annoyance in everyday life.

It makes no sense functionally within the world of the universe.

The world of the universe is a fictional one, however, so why does this all matter?

Well, real people made the decision to not include a way for the women officers to display their rank. It probably wasn’t a decision made out of malice. The costume designer might’ve been too worried about the "large male fanbase" that "JJ wanted to appeal to”. Perhaps it just didn’t occur to Micheal Kaplan.

But then why didn’t anyone notice it? Why wasn’t it corrected before filming started?

In my opinion, the answer lies in how the women characters are treated by the script.

In short, the women aren’t scripted as officers in the same way that their colleagues who are men are.

That’s why something so small has taken on such a larger meaning. The lack of rank insignia has come to be a symbol for the problematic and sexist ways the Reboot has treated its fictional women. It so eloquently captures the attitude that many of the people in creative and executive positions have expressed toward the women characters, and fans who dare to voice such criticisms.

As an actual female military officer, (US Navy, meaning our rank system functions identically to Star Trek’s) this is important. I can guarantee you that each of my uniforms has a rank, and there’s no way the military would eliminate that in the future.

There are times when military officers do not wear ranks. For example, in active combat zones when it would be too easy for enemy snipers to pick out the high ranking officers thus devastating command authority, but that rank removal would apply to everyone, from the lowest ranking enlisted to the highest ranking officer, definitely not just the females.

Selectively stripping females of their rank insignia essentially strips them of their power and the respect they’re due. When an enlisted personnel (or lower ranking officer) passes a higher ranked officer on the street, they salute them. It doesn’t matter if they’ve never met before. The lower ranked person knows to salute because that person deserves their respect. End of story. No debating it. You respect the rank. Taking away women’s ability to show their rank destroys the culture of respect for women that Star Trek tried so hard to create.







Fuck special snowflakes who think like this.

Gurl bye

Your ass ain’t fucking special because you don’t wear makeup.

You’re not fucking better than the woman with large breasts who wears tank tops.

You’re a piece of shit because you are putting sexist stereotypes onto other women in some anti-feminine bullshit.

If you don’t like it, why’d you comment on it? I think it’s awesome and you’re probably one of the girls up there that wears makeup and shortshorts and tiny tanktops. And most kids today wear makeup because they think they aren’t pretty and need it. So deal with it. And get over yourself.

girl bye.

lemme tell you something: I wear tons of fucking make up. I wear short dresses. I walk around with a face that looks about as fake as it can get outside of a fucking barbie doll. and I like it that way. and, despite what you seem to think, no, it’s not because i think i’m ugly. i just fucking like makeup (and trust, i’ve spent years examining my own motivations and how they’re tied to internalized self-hated, fatphobia and misogyny so don’t EVEN cause you don’t know what you’re talking about).

I also read ravenously; engage in discourse regarding philosphy, art, economics, politics, race, gender, sexuality; make subversive art; and love comics and film and music. I’M A FUCKING PERSON IS WHAT I’M SAYING. 

like how fucking deep is this goddamn image when the spine of the book JUST SAYS THE WORD ‘BOOK’.

this kind of bullshit narrative, other than furthering a misogynistic dichotomy that pits women against each other, is also a complete fucking fallacy. A huge majority of average women DON’T DO THIS. you aren’t the lone plain jane in an army of cake-faced, bottle blonde barbies—if you look around, you’ll see that most women just throw on jeans and tops and very little makeup. 

I get that this kind of shit is an attempt to fight back against media-made images of what womanhood is supposed to be. I get it. (thought isn’t it interesting that the “weirdo” in the picture is still thin and conventionally attractive??)

but attacking other women who you perceive as being stupid or carbon copies because of their fucking appearance doesn’t fight back against shit. it actually does EXACTLY what the patriarchy wants us to do—engenders more hatred and competition between women. 

but you know, whatever, continue to think you’re so goddamn special. i’ll be over here reading AND wearing hot pink lipstick and having a hell of a time doing it. 


And that is how you tear a fake feminist to shreds. Bravo.







aka “Elitism is my middle name”

I like how Moffat would say that Reinette - a female character that he wrote into the show - is obviously a perfect match for the Doctor based on her level of ‘civilization’ and education.

As opposed to oh say…Rose Tyler - a lower-class girl who never went to university - whom the Doctor actually fell in love with and did settle down with in another universe.

This quote just has it all, doesn’t it?

- The elitism

- The dig at Rose Tyler and RTD, by extension

- The elevation of ‘his’ character at the expense of existing ones.

- The implication that Madame de Pompadour - one of the most powerful women in the country - would of course drop everything she had worked for to go and ‘settle down’ with a man who is basically a homeless spacehobo.

People who call Moffat a talentless hack are mistaken.  It takes some skill to cram that much fail into just three sentences.

Hah, excellent Moffat-criticism here. He is so petty, and so unequipped to write insightful sci-fi.

Like, okay, let’s pretend for a second that by “educated and civilised” he means “has a lot of knowledge and social insight” (which is a valid thing to look for in a romantic partner) rather than, you know, “rich, fancy and subservient” (which is what Moffat expects people to look for in a romantic partner).

… I really don’t think that an 18th century aristocrat has more understanding of science and society than a 21st person without A levels but with a working television. And in any case, if the Doctor was really looking for people who are Intellectual Equals, he’d surely look in the future, when people understand time travel, and have wikipedia installed in their brains, or whatever. Or AIs! I can’t imagine anyone more educated and ‘civilised’ than AI people!

Just, one thing I really loved about RTD’s Who arcs - which Moffat clearly didn’t understand at all - was that EVERYTHING the companions knew was useful - Harry Potter trivia! Game-show quickness! Fast typing! - and that the, like, real-world hierarchy of skills and marketability was always shown as less important than courage and compassion.



I’m imagining the real Madame de Pompadour and how very unimpressed she would be by Steven Moffat declaring his ~admiration for her, but


did this man just admit that he think the position of Companion is actually the Doctor’s maîtresse-en-titre?  Jesus wept.

That is exactly what this man thinks, and what he writes also. He thinks women are wired to ‘cling’ and men are wired to want to escape them, and the only way a relationship can be agreeable to both parties is if the woman accepts that they can only spend time together when the dude initiates it.

… Suddenly I am kinda surprised that Sherlock and Irene didn’t set up a long-distance relationship where she spends her days in an orientalist parody of a villa, waiting for Sherlock and passing the time taking luxurious bubble-baths and emotionlessly spanking female nobility.

Oh my god this is some sick shit— and really, really, really highlights how much Moffat doesn’t understand the fundamental heart of the show he’s fucking running. If the Doctor was so hot for intelligent, well educated, civilized women why the fuck did he ever leave his home planet? Why has he only ever had one Gallifreyan companion after he left his granddaughter to go her own way? Romana was foisted on him by the time lord ellimist, he didn’t go picking her out of a catalogue. 

The Doctor runs around with soldiers and schoolkids and teachers and sailors and students and journalists and shop girls and alien refugees and orphans and robot dogs and barbarians and private detective penguins and renegade archaeologists. If he wanted a slice of properly civilized girlfriend he had the whole universe to go pick one out from, and he never did till Moffat wrote him launching himself smooch-first at the lady in the fancy dress and historically inaccurate boobies.

Goddamn I am so mad. 

(Source: badwollf)










remember when the doctor took the midnight train going anywhere


Let’s not.

Let’s not.

Oh no

Oh no

Are all the comments in twos on this?

Are all the comments in twos on this?

Stop that, it isn’t funny

Stop that, it isn’t funny

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