So I have Feelings about this (no one is surprised). My primary feeling being yes good excellent - River’s queerness has been hinted at in canon but not strongly, so Word of God confirmation is pleasing to see. In general wrt to Moffat’s conversations on twitter about queerness in Doctor Who I feel like I want to send him some suggested reading or something so he can reframe what he’s saying in some ways, because once an academic always an academic, apparently. But twitter’s a lousy forum for these kinds of conversations and I grok what he’s getting at, that the world of Doctor Who is one in which current categories of sexuality as we understand it prove to be transient things that won’t matter so much in the future, and I like that a lot. Your mileage may vary, I do not speak for all queer Who fans, etc.
Anyway. Take-home point: River Song, definitely canonically into the ladies. <3
Yusss - like this is great (CANONICALLY BI RIVER YES. GOOD. THANK YOU.) but I really wish Moffat understood what he was talking about a LEETLE bit better. He strikes me as someone with basically the right intentions wrt women and queers, but very, very poor execution both in his writing and in the way he frames his sentiments online. And given how much power he has, culturally, to shape certain narratives through his work, that isn’t really good enough. He’s in a position of responsibility, and if he wants to play with queer characters he has a duty to educate himself the same way I do when I write about a marginalised group who I don’t belong to.
the personal is political
the politics of representation
those really misogynist statements of his would be a LOT easier to get away from
(given that they WERE taken really out of context)
if he generated actual willing to educate himself on the issues at hand
rather than flapping about assuming that because he's The Moff he no longer needs to push himself
and because his INTENTIONS are good he can't be faulted
no steven - steven
irritates the fuck out of me
the personal is political
“There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married - we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands.”
Yes, of course Steven Moffat isn’t sexist at all!!
he’s such a fucking twat
This is why I cannot stand Steven Moffat, I don’t care how many great male relationships he writes or how clever there is a plot twist in Doctor Who, I really don’t like him and I cannot wait for him to have nothing more to do with Doctor Who, seriously. You can see little bits of his sexism showing up in Doctor Who in ways that you can tell are supposed to be funny, and it kind of horrifies me when a fandom as supposedly as progressive as the Whovian fandom laughs along. Ugh.
And the fact that he didn’t even noticed that he erased all of the LGBTQ references in s5. I have no words.
(Source: american--science, via passingknightly-deactivated2012)