Who do you think will be taking over Easy, sir?
#i’ve never been more upset about a character getting some well-deserved respect
Steven Moffat has two culturally and economically powerful shows on television right now. I think we can agree that he has clout, yes? Within the UK entertainment industry, within the BBC. This man has clout.
Yet, when asked about a piece written by Jane Clare Jones in the Guardian questioning the sexual politics of how Irene Adler was portrayed, this was his response:
He says he found Jones’s argument “deeply offensive”.
He was dismissive about other comments regarding sexism in his writing. But this one sort of reached a pinnacle of fail.
Even if we set aside his writing for a second and discussions over how women are portrayed within it we have to look the fact that he used his clout to silence and shame a woman for talking about sexism. Her name is Jane Clare Jones. She does not have as much power as he does. And when she said something about how he writes about people of her gender, he not only thought that was offensive he said it in public.
Let’s look that right in the eye.
This is the kind of man he is. He’s the man who, when a woman takes the risk to say something about sexism—and it is always a risk to our careers, our safety, our peace of mind—he takes the weight he has to throw around and he shames her with it. He’s the kind of man that women have to worry about when we contemplate talking about sexism and signing our names to it. When we ask ourselves: is this going to hurt my career?
“Deeply offensive.” That’s what he thinks it is when women talk about the things that concern our lives. Deeply offensive.
This is not how a man should respond to criticism about sexism from a woman. This is not how any privileged person should respond to criticism about their writing of oppressed people. This is bullshit.
And this is why I despair that his writing will ever improve. Because he doesn’t understand that he has privilege, and it’s something that blinds you so you have to always be working on it and ready to listen to people who do not have your privilege. He refuses to listen to women who disagree with him.
His “fetish” for strong women doesn’t include an appreciation for genuine criticism and how strong a woman has to be to speak up about sexism. No back-chat, ladies! Just do some strong woman cheesecake poses with a gun, quip a bit, and appreciate whatever crumbs fall from my table. There’s a good lass.
top five photoshoots → Robert Downey Jr
RDJUDE MOMENTS - Oscars 2011
Jude: Stop it. I’m not here to be a part of your games where you get, you know, people coming up to you at the afterparty and saying how witty you are and how charming you are.
Robert: Or both.
On the other hand, the Twilight cast say…
well, fuck you very much, Gambon. Your Dumbledore sucked anyway. /petulant child
tonight a girl passed out in the crowd and no one could pick her up, and she wouldn’t wake up.
the band were just about to perform another song when gerard spotted her, told security and waited until security had got into the crowd, taken her out and she’d came round.
it was a good ten minutes before they started playing again and the look of concern on all their faces was so plain to see.
it’s moments like this i can totally dispute claims that they don’t care about the fans anymore.
this fucking band.
things I should have been doing tonight:
things I have been doing tonight:
I REGRET NOTHING
There are many things rape is not:
- consensual sex
- affectionate contact
- a bear hug
- a tackle
- eye contact
- an argument
- a surprise
- an athletic loss
- a neutral metaphor
There are only a few things rape is:
- forcing sex on a person
- despoiling a population or place
- [a mustard plant or grape residue]
No one rapes your Internet connection, or rapes you in a debate. No one rapes your ask box with spam. People don’t rape with their eyes, that’s called “eye-fucking.” You are not raped with a passionate hug. No one rapes you at basketball or rapes you with a tackle, playful or athletic. You don’t want someone to rape you, because then it isn’t rape. Wanting to rape does not mean wanting to have sex. You do not want to rape people to whom you’re attracted, unless you are a rapist.
As long as I’m talking about it, here are some misconceptions:
- Nonchalance toward rape does not combat the stigmatization attached to victims.
- The word rape does not give itself power. The power comes from the context of the word for victims.
- Rape victims are not asking you to be hypersensitive by asking you not to belittle or to trigger a trauma.
- I’m not violating your right to free speech by asking you to be considerate.
If you read this and felt attacked, ask yourself why. We don’t say “sexually abused” metaphorically, so why say rape? I’m not asking you to never use the word. I just believe it should only be used when you seriously mean rape. When we live in a world without millions of victims, we can talk about redefining or reclaiming it.
I even have alternatives, though there are obviously many more: