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I like glam rock and punk rock and all sorts of other music.
I also really like monsters and werewolves and cowboys and vikings and Harry Potter and The Mighty Boosh and Doctor Who and South Park and Homestuck.
Sometimes, I even draw things!
So maybe I am watching different shows from the rest of you because I fail to see how Moffat is sexist.
I think he writes brilliant female characters. What exactly has he done to River Song, Amy Pond and Irene Adler to make you all bitch and complain so much? Honestly, I really am curious.
Mostly? Taken away their agency.
Amy spends the first half of series 6 as an incubator for the Doctor’s future wife. She doesn’t have any choice in the matter — she doesn’t even know she’s pregnant until she goes into labour. That’s horrifying, though you’d never know from how cavalier Amy is about it. Then her baby is taken from her, and the story barely even allows her to grieve. She gets evicted from the TARDIS by the Doctor, rather than choosing to leave on her own (which would be MORE than justified at this point).
River’s story in s6 made sure that her life literally revolved around the Doctor from conception until death. From conception, until death. She’s kidnapped as a child because of the Doctor, brainwashed (and let’s face it, probably abused) and trained to kill him, which she does, but then she gives up all her regenerations to save him. She studies archaeology to find him. She’s forced into the suit as an adult again in order to kill him, and then he marries her so that he can “request” she fake his murder and take the blame for it, spending years of her life imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit. Eventually, she gives up her last remaining life for his.
Irene Adler is a smart and capable woman who describes herself as gay and yet falls for Sherlock so hard that she decides to make her all-important “I’d die before relinquishing this” password his name, because of some kind of crush. It’s not that she has a crush — it’s that that crush and her ~emotions get the better of her and nearly lead to her death. Irene, the woman famous in the ACD canon for being “the woman who beat him”, is bested by Sherlock in the end (he cracks the password) and has her life saved by him, while she, the dominatrix, kneels helplessly in the face of her death.
There are lots of other things, including Moffat’s own tendency to say dumb shit during interviews and on Twitter, but since you asked specifically what he’d done to Amy, River and Irene to make people complain, there’s the big one. It’s not usually the characters people dislike, it’s how those characters are treated within the story, and how much agency/control over their life and stories those characters are given, and whether or not those characters have stories unto themselves or they exist solely to do something for the male protagonist. Obviously not everyone is going to agree with the all of the above. But you said you were curious, so that’s where many of the criticisms come from.
There are some men that make me wish I had shark teeth, so that when I grimace with distaste at the invocation of their names it comes off as a feral, barely human snarl of resentment and incredulous fury.
Moffat is one of these men.
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