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30 June 2010 @ 04:50 pm
Doctor Who & flexuality  
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ENTRY AND ITS LINKS WILL SPOIL YOU FOR THE ENTIRE NEW SERIES OF DOCTOR WHO
... and ever watching it without going "is he gay though?" again
(if you even do)

Okay, so a lot of us will already be aware that Russell T Davies, one time Executive Producer of the new series(eseseses) of Doctor Who was oft "accused" of pushing "The Gay Agenda" on us poor defenceless viewers (YAY!)

(Examples of the above include but are not limited to: Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood and Gridlock's Cassini "sisters")

But RTD has now passed the torch on to Steven Moffatt (the genius mind behind "wibbly wobbly timey wimey") and certain people aren't best pleased at his lack of inclusion of LGBTQ(F) characters in the new series.

And I mean they're annoyed enough to write to the BBC. Read more here. And you can read my two comments, too: 1, 2

I appreciate this. I do. I'm a Big Bad Campaigner for moremoremorealwaysmore LGBTQ(F) visibility and at points I've been disappointed by the "oh of course the man/woman love saves the day" idea which was everso salient in 'The Lodger', and apparently so in the relationship of Amy/Rory (although, even I will happily argue that the heterosexual nature of that relationship is not the essential part - the love is, and isn't that what we flexual allies are about anyway?) but the list of examples given in the doctorwho community entry linked above are ... odd.
  1. Not entirely an argument, but. It was written in a way that actually allowed someone to feel ok responding "I don't want to be 'that person' but... it is a family show". I'm not entirely sure what kind of person 'that' is, but if 'they' respond to this I hope they have a better argument outlined. (DISCLAIMER: nothing against them personally but oh my jesus, family? What.)
  2. Examples of anti-gay included parents. Not solely a heterosexual couple as parents of children, but generally just the act of being a parent. The fact that Amy asked the Doctor if he was a parent, and the appearance of Prisoner Zero as a woman with two "children" were cited as examples - how exactly is this undermining the LGBTQ(F) community?
  3. And this is the niggly one that always gets to me: why does it always have to be either/or ? Like River Song has to be either straight and married to the Doctor, or gay and his mother (only, given #2 that's clearly impossible!). From the string of letters in the way I use to describe "our" community, you can see that I don't like to leave anyone out...
On that note, has anyone watched Hollyoaks recently, and seen dickhead poshboy X saying "oh so in this LGBT thing, basically the only people you're leaving out are the heterosexuals? That sounds like discrimination to me" and making poor lesbian Charlotte feel terrible about herself? ... I have nothing to say.

My brain is fuzzy, this entry may be confusing. But. There. You. Have. It.

Discuss?
 
 
 
Polo Molo: AtS: *raises eyebrows*slartibartfast on July 1st, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Examples of anti-gay included parents. Not solely a heterosexual couple as parents of children, but generally just the act of being a parent. The fact that Amy asked the Doctor if he was a parent, and the appearance of Prisoner Zero as a woman with two "children" were cited as examples - how exactly is this undermining the LGBTQ(F) community?

That's very heteronormative. There's no reason those kids had heterosexual parents, there's no clause that says only heterosexual couples can have children, wtf? People see through blinkers.

River Song is canonically from the same kind of time as Jack Harkness, isn't she? So why on earth would she be anything but flexual?
have i got something on my face?allmyshoes on July 2nd, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Exactly, that's one of my main points. River is an amazing femme!Jack and I love her, not just for that but ... kind of mainly.

As for the "parents = hetero" idea, I was baffled. I don't understand how you can see one parent and think "straight". To be completely honest if I was going to make any assumption about that parent, it'd be "single parent", you know?