Sex-negativity makes a lot of feminists uncomfortable, but I frankly couldn’t give less of a damn if my politics hurt your feelings.
"…many women have neutral to negative experiences with sex, whether due to a lack of desire or sensitivity or past traumatic experiences or myriad other reasons, or may not wish to have sex at all, and that none of this makes them unhealthy, aberrant, or wrong.”
Doctor Who Bechdel Test
There is something called the Bechdel Test. It’s a scale you run movies through to basically see how misogynistic they are. (EDIT: It has been pointed out to me that maybe misogynistic wasn’t the best word to use here. It’s more testing how conscious of female characters they are.)
The test is as follows: 1. It must have at least two named female characters. 2. They must speak to each other. 3. They must converse about something other than a man. Anything with a score lower than 3 fails.
I’ve run all of the episodes of NewWho through this test and here are my results:
Percent of failed episodes written by RTD: 9.7%
By Moffat: 55.6%
Percent of episodes in which there were two named female characters, but they didn’t speak to one another by RTD: 9.7%
By Moffat: 16.7%
Percent of episodes without two named female characters by RTD: 0%
By Moffat: 5.6%
Percent of failed episodes with RTD as showrunner (including those written by other writers): 20%
With Moffat: 67.8%
Percent of episodes in which there were two named female characters, but they didn’t speak to one another with RTD as showrunner: 10%
With Moffat: 25%
Percent of episodes without two named female characters with RTD as showrunner: 0%
With Moffat: 25%
Total percent of failed episodes: 35.2%
Total percent of episodes in which there were two named female characters, but they didn’t speak to one another: 14.8%
Total percent of episodes without two named female characters: 8%
RTD did a lot better than Moffat. This is not a go at him, just facts.
Over half of SM’s episodes failed. RTD neither wrote or was showrunner to an episode with less than two named female characters. Moffat wrote one episode with less than two named female characters, and a staggering 25% (1/4!) of episodes with him as showrunner did not include more than one named female character.
My data is here. You can check it if you like, and please tell me if you find any errors. Thanks!
More on the Bechdel Test here. Very interesting list!
“She was heavy with symbols all up and down her person, but the meaning — the truth of who she was — was invisible, buried under all of it.”— Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
why are people shitbags
“…she had a hard time fully picturing it, like it was a gauzy wish she once had, but now it was simply a childish fantasy filled with holes, not the solidity of truth. A dream that had slipped through her fingers.”— Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
actual german compound nouns:
Staubsauger (vaccuum cleaner, literally “DUST SUCKER”)
Vorhang (curtain, literally “HANGS IN FRONT”)
Wasserkocher (kettle, literally “WATER BOILER”)
this is why german is the best
horse tornado lmaoooo