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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.
[…]
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.

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.  

(via blake-wyatt)

pogphotoarchives:

Fay Wray, Paramount Pictures actress who is best remembered for her role in King Kong, presents the 1929 New Mexico license plateDate: 1929Governor Richard C. Dillon Collection, Negative Number HP.2012.20.2

pogphotoarchives:

Fay Wray, Paramount Pictures actress who is best remembered for her role in King Kong, presents the 1929 New Mexico license plate

Date: 1929
Governor Richard C. Dillon Collection, Negative Number HP.2012.20.2

damsellover:

Candid shot of Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, late 1920’s or early 1930’s.

damsellover:

Candid shot of Fay Wray and Gary Cooper, late 1920’s or early 1930’s.

vanillish:

squidwurd:

why does like every gay boy have this shirt

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I’m crying bc I have this shirt

Adam’s First Date Shirt!!

talkiesshow:

Talkies Sept 5th Friday
8:30 pm  Lost Weekend Video
a monthly show on first fridays featuring comedy in many formats; variety, sketch, character, video, goofs
with
Trevor Hill (Hand To Mouth)Brock Wilbur (LA)Land Smith Scott Vermeire George Chen Michael and RJ Rajeev Dharvideos byBecky Hirschfeld, Packard Jennings, Doug Williams

COME TO THIS, EVERYONE!!!http://talkiescyniccave.eventbrite.com

talkiesshow:

Talkies Sept 5th Friday

8:30 pm  Lost Weekend Video

a monthly show on first fridays featuring comedy in many formats; variety, sketch, character, video, goofs

with

Trevor Hill (Hand To Mouth)
Brock Wilbur (LA)
Land Smith 
Scott Vermeire 
George Chen 
Michael and RJ 
Rajeev Dhar
videos by
Becky Hirschfeld, Packard Jennings, Doug Williams

COME TO THIS, EVERYONE!!!

http://talkiescyniccave.eventbrite.com

everydayfolks:

blackgirlsinked:

Esther Jones, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was a singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and appropriated Jones’ ‘baby’ singing style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Jones’ style went on to become the inspiration for the voice of Betty Boop.(What I Looked up)

While all the writing is true, that picture is of Helen Kane. This is the real “Baby Esther”

everydayfolks:

blackgirlsinked:

Esther Jones, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was a singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and appropriated Jones’ ‘baby’ singing style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Jones’ style went on to become the inspiration for the voice of Betty Boop.(What I Looked up)

While all the writing is true, that picture is of Helen Kane. This is the real “Baby Esther”

Baby Esther

ordodraconum:

"See me, see me now…"

draculasf JENNIFER KELLER MAKE A LONDON ADVENTURE BLOG PLEASE SO I DON’T MISS ANYTHING EXCEPT FOR YOU BECAUSE I ALREADY MISS THAT XOXO In other news, I’m very out of the loop because I’m protesting the new Facebook messenger and now the outdated app doesn’t work so well on my mobile device. It’s perpetuating the assumption that I’m a fairweather friend as opposed to just really elusive. Or maybe reclusive. Hi every friend, I love you all, even if I don’t show it.

In no order, media I currently enjoy

Doll & Em
Veep
Parks & Rec
The Mindy Project
The New Girl
30 Rock
Girls
OITNB
Don’t Trust the B etc
Garfunkel and Oates
Broad City
Brooklyn Nine Nine*

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Coming Attractions/Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man
A Wrinkle in Time
Starring Sally J Friedman as Herself
Marjorie Morningstar
Replay
Alex + Ada

For a Good Time, Call…
The Heat
Ass Backwards
Clueless
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Spice World
Happy-Go-Lucky

*ETA