Y’know, the one that sees one image (one!) from the new series and condemns it as sexist before even watching the series.
First off, let’s look at the image that caused the problems;
Now immediately you can tell Capaldi’s pose is all about power; he is confronting the camera, staring it down, giving us the impression that he’s going to be very in-your-face and combative. He’s also in front, but that’s probably because this is the first picture of him in the TARDIS while we’ve already seen various pictures of Clara.
Clara is is the background, smiling sweetly, but that does not mean she’s a victim of sexism, nor does it mean she’s not a strong character. She’s not staring at the camera, because that’s not who she is; she doesn’t stare down monsters, she talks to them, calmly, like she did with Skaldak the ice warrior and the warriors fighting the cybermen. The fact that she’s looking in a different direction to the doctor shows that she thinks in a different way and focuses on different things. That’s all fine and good. I read somewhere (I hope you’ll forgive me as I can’t find the source) that Jenna described it as an in-between pose, echoing her character, who is excited about the prospect of travelling, but also more cautious as her best friend has turned into someone who, we’re told, will be much darker and less amiable.
If you’re still not convinced by that argument, there are several official promotional pictures where Clara is on level footing with the doctor, staring into the camera in a way that still fit her character: for example:
here she’s looking into the spooky unknown, armed with only candles, but still looking as competent as Matt’s Doctor, who has a more useful tool. She is also portrayed as being the same height as Matt, despite Matt being at least a foot taller than her.
Here we see Jenna and Matt both observing the villain from different viewpoints, thus showing their different, yet compatable personalities. You’ll forgive her slightly startled expression because her character has only just been thrown into this world of science fiction and danger
Here, Clara’s still adjusting to the doctor and the danger (you’ll recall she thought they were going to Vegas) but has adopted the iconic Buffy fashion of both a feminine dress and a masculine navy uniform, showing that she can use both icons of masculinity and femininity to useful effect, and as such is staring into the camera, smiling, because she’s optimistic and sees the good in people, even in aliens trying to destroy Earth.
On the other hand, saying Clara’s been subsidised by the writers and saying Rose was better seems incredibly hypocritical, especially when most of her pictures present her as behind the Doctor or holding on to him for support, like so:
Rose was a good character, I’m not denying that. But so is Clara. Implying that there’s only one way to be a good female character is sexist. You don’t have to be strong or confrontational to be a good companion or a good character. Both Clara and Rose have their strong points and their weak points, their strengths and their weaknesses and that’s fine; that’s good even, because you have a more diverse cast of female characters.
So please don’t disregard the next series of Doctor Who by virtue of this one still, especially when it’s geared up to be a good one, with presumably much more character development for Clara.
PS. Don’t blame Moffat for the picture; he’s a writer, not a photographer. Do you honestly think he was there saying, “No, Jenna, try and look weak and imply you need a brave man”? Come on.
The message to leave you with is this; be a feminist, that’s good. Point out problematic areas of shows, that’s also good. But if you go into a show with an agenda and aim to prove from the start that the show’s sexist to suit your opinions, then you’re going to perceive it badly, because you can create problems with anything if you try hard enough. Always ask yourself why they’ve done something in this way or that rather than just assuming sexism. The world may just surprise you.
#perhaps it’s the fact that twelve has a pose all about power and control while clara is all demure #he looks straight into the camera #challenging it #while she smiles sweetly and looks off to the side #one leg bent - one hand on the console #unsteady almost #certainly staged #this just has heteronormative gender roles written all over it #the oncoming patriarchy #is all i can seevia thesilverdevastation
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And in contrast, observe Rose Tyler, BAMF, in promo stills for Series 1:
Firmly rooted. Looking straight at the camera. NOT smiling. Even when Nine is guarding her with his body, she’s directly engaging with whatever they’re confronting. And sometimes she’s looking at the viewer, or the action, and Nine is looking at *her*. She’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s a force to be reckoned with.
GET OVER YOURSELVES! Not every little thing in life in a matter of Feminism. You are making assumptions about nothing. Sure for all I know the next season might be unexpectedly offensive, but a single promotional picture has nothing to do with it. The reason why The Doctor is so front and center is this picture is because they decided to highlight the new actor.
Unmasked (40 year old spoilers)
New Theory: Every Scooby-Doo villain is actually the Master.
This comic I made over a year ago, but I’ve touched it up since and I’m happy to share it on tumblr C: while I’ve improved immensely since I made this, I’m still really proud of myself for making it.
ps. this was during a stage in my art where I was a little texture heavy, heh heh
This would have made money in a big theater. It’s just as good as saving Mr. Banks
I know Waris Hussein is gay, but I totally shipped him and Verity Lambert together during An Adventure In Space And Time
I did too!
important ship tropes:
- fake dating
- SECRET dating
- being locked in a room or trapped in a small space
- huDDLING FOR WARMTH
- BEING ON THE BRINK OF ADMITTING THEIR FEELINGS FOR EACH OTHER BUT THEN GETTING INTERRUPTED
- finishing each other’s sentences, KNOWING WHAT THE OTHER IS…
Squirrel Girl needs a movie.
LISTEN UP YOU MAGGOTS
THIS CHARACTER IS BY FAR THE MOST POWERFUL, THE MOST INTERESTING, AND THE MOST WORTHY OF BEING YOUR ROLE MODEL EVER.
FIRST OFF SHE NEVER ONCE GOES GRIMDARK NOT ONCE AND WHEN SPEEDBALL WENT AND DID HIS STUPID CLIVE BARKER POINTS POINTED INWARD ARMOR THING SHE CALLED HIM OUT ON IT AND OUTRIGHT DECLARED SUCH A THING WAS CHILDISH AND MADE HIM INEFFECTIVE AS A HERO BECAUSE A HERO HAS TO BE APPROACHABLE.
ALSO LETS TALK ABOUT HER SUPERPOWER. YOU TAKE ONE LOOK AT HER AND THINK SHE’S JUST A LOSER RIGHT? WRONG. SQUIRREL GIRL HAS THE MUTANT POWER TO NOT ONLY HAVE SQUIRREL TRAITS BUT CAN ALSO COMMAND THE ABSOLUTE LOYALTY OF SQUIRRELS. HOW MANY SQUIRRELS? TRY EVERY SQUIRREL EVERY WHERE. FLYING SQUIRRELS, TREE SQUIRRELS, I BET YOU SOMEHOW SHE CAN EVEN COMMAND THE LOYALTY OF SOME SHITASTICALLY RARE POISON SQUIRRELS.
BECAUSE OF THIS POWER SHES MANAGED TO TAKE ON FOES THAT WOULD NORMALLY JUST INCINERATE HER ON THE SPOT. SHE TOOK ON DOCTOR VICTOR VON DOOM FOR PETE’S PATOOTS NOT A DOOM BOT THE ACTUAL DOCTOR DOOM AN ACTUAL SORTA ALIEN GOD CALLED THE WATCHER HAD TO ACTUALLY FACT CHECK THAT SHIT BECAUSE EVEN HE DIDNT BELIEVE IT AND THAT FUCKER NEVER INTERVENES FOR SHIT BUT HE HAD TO IN THIS CASE BECAUSE THE WORLD JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE SQUIRREL GIRL DEFEATED THE GENUINE DOCTOR DOOM HE WAS LIKE “OH HELL YEAH I HAVE TO COME DOWN AND FACT CHECK THIS SHIT THE UNIVERSE NEEDS THIS WHAT IM SURE GALACTUS CAN WAIT.”
ALSO HOLD ONTO YOUR PANTALOONS BEACUSE THIS LADY ACTUALLY TOOK ON GALACTUS AND WON.
GALACTUS YES THAT GALACTUS THE GIANT DUDE THAT EATS PLANETS SHE TOOK ON A SPACE GOD WITH NOTHIN GBUT MOTHERFUCKING SQUIRRELS.
SHE NEEDS A SERIES. A MOVIE, A FANBASE SHES JUST THAT AWESOME.
ALSO SHE’S PART OF A LOSER HERO TEAM CALLED THE GREAT LAKES AVENGERS AND ITS STAFFED BY A DUDE WHO CAN COME BACK TO LIFE WHEN HE DIES LIKE KENNY FROM SOUTH PARK
IM DONE HERE JUST USE WIKIPEDIA ALREADY DONT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT
No, seriously, it has become something of a running gag that Squirrel Girl can defeat any villain.
She is like “Instant Fun, just add Squirrel Girl”.
I strongly recommend reading her adventures, they are just super-great. ^__^
(Minor correction, it is actually the Great Lakes Champions, not Avengers.)
(She also has a healing factor and enhanced strength among some other squirrel-themed powers.)
Marvel set up a system of gauging superheroes powers and based it largely on which characters have defeated and lost to other characters to determine what those power levels are. Due to Squirrel Girl having defeated so many strong villains, they were forced to put every single power category at 7 out of 7.
She is the only Marvel character in history to achieve this.
The red are what fans think her power ratings should be.
Blue is canon ratings.
[source: http://marvel.com/universe/Squirrel_Girl ]