The Next Doctor is a Woman, and I am Over the Moon

Unless you've been living under a rock, you will have heard the news that Doctor Who number 13 has been announced. After the BBC announced the news on Sunday, fans of the show everywhere have taken to the internet to share their thoughts. As always there's been a mixed reaction, however this time even more mixed than usual for one reason:

The thirteenth Doctor is a woman.

Jodie Whittaker (star of Broadchurch) has been announced as Capaldi's successor, making her the first ever woman to hold the role of The Doctor, and I, for one, am delighted.

Series 11 brought me more hope for the show with Bill Potts (played by Pearl Mackie), a black, openly gay companion who I LOVED AND WOULD DIE FOR , so really it's about time we get a woman at the forefront of the show. River Song (Alex Kingston) is another strong female character to come out of Doctor Who as well, and of course we've had the wonderful Michelle Gomez as Missy, a female regeneration of The Master, so it's not as though a time lord can't be a lady, or that "time travel is for men and men only" (an actual argument I have seen. Yes, really).

But yet the misogynists have taken this news and run with it, making up ridiculous 'excuses' as to why The Doctor 'can't be a woman'. Whilst ex-Doctors themselves (except Peter Davison, apparently) have shown excitement for Whittaker in her new role, like Colin Baker (as shown below), many others have been, well, not so full of praise.

As just a snapshot of some of the hate, some responses have included (paraphrasing slightly on some):

  • 'When are we getting a male Wonder Woman then?'
  • *image of the TARDIS stuck in some weird place captioned with a terrible and unoriginal joke about women parking*
  • "Nobody wants a TARDIS full of bras"
  • "Political correctness should not exist in space"
  • Too many variations of "IT'S RUINED"
  • "BUT WHERE ARE THE BOYS' ROLE MODELS" (Because it's ok for girls not to see themselves in such a big role, but not for boys, and boys absolutely cannot look up to women. What an awful idea!)

and many more.

(Because of course grasping the concept of a time-travelling alien with two hearts who travels in a phone box is easy peasy, but said alien being female is DEVASTATING OH NO HOW WILL WE LIVE WITH THIS FICTIONAL ALIEN BEING A LADY)

(Don't know about you, but I'd happily travel to the lipstick dimension with The Doctor. Sounds WILD.)

But despite the negative responses, I think finally having a woman playing The Doctor is SO IMPORTANT. Girls and women everywhere will grow up seeing Jodie playing the title character of such a huge show, not just the companion, and it will be WONDERFUL. This new 'wave' almost of strong women in huge sci-fi roles (e.g. Star Wars' Rey) proves that such a sexist industry like that of mainstream media CAN change, albeit slowly (would be nice to see some other minority groups being represented like with Bill, but you know, baby steps) and gives me just that bit more hope for the future of big TV shows like Doctor Who. If anything, a fresh take on this classic character is needed in my humble opinion, but if that doesn't sell you, take a look at the tweet below (probably one of my favourite reactions for sheer adorableness):

Overall, all of us here at The Feministas are incredibly excited to see Jodie Whittaker's take on The Doctor – I'm sure she will be brilliant. (and wow, it feels good to refer to The Doctor as 'she'!)

What do you think of the announcement? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below (respectfully, of course) and I'll be happy to discuss!

~ Elly


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Britain, I’m not impressed.

(Disclaimer: these are my personal opinions and this is a rant, so sorry if I disagree with you and please feel free to correct me if I’m really offensive. This is not meant to be a dig at leave voters, and I will not hold it against you if you voted leave.)

For any of you who didn’t know, I’m British, and last night was the infamous EU referendum. This basically meant ‘the general public’ had to vote on whether or not to leave the EU (European Union). And I’m certainly not impressed with the result.

The results of the vote were incredibly close, with an utterly miniscule difference of about 4% as the results pointed to around 48% remain and 52% leave. Unfortunately for me, and the many other people who supported the Bremain campaign, Nigel Farage’s Brexit campaign (which quite frankly sounds like some sort of breakfast cereal and not a serious political campaign) won the vote. The difference is so tiny that a large proportion of the country is getting screwed over in my opinion, but we’ll come into that later. For now, here’s a handy graph showing the results together, courtesy of BBC News:

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Extremely close, as you can see.

And here’s another graph showing the results split over different areas of the UK (also from BBC News:

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I’m disappointed in Yorkshire to be honest

This really does show how the vote varied throughout Britain, with Scotland, Northern Ireland and London all voting majority remain. Sensible places, if you ask me.

Now, I hate Nigel Farage – even his name annoys me – so naturally I was not surprised that I supported the opposite campaign to his. Even Donald Trump supported Brexit, and if those two alone aren’t enough to put you off then I don’t know what will! *shrug* Michael Gove – AKA the Guy Who Made My GCSEs Harder – also threatened to resign if we voted remain, but instead we’re now faced with the prospect of him in some high-up place in parliament. So great job there, Britain.

Now, since the results were released this morning, SO MANY THINGS ARE BACKFIRING. The Pound is already losing value (as well as other worldwide currencies), Japan is refusing to trade with us, and don’t even get me started on the whole NHS thing (here’s a video and article that shows it better and proves Farage’s ‘OOPS my bad probs shoulda told you that before you voted but I won now lol bye’ attitude to his campaign). Not only that, but Scotland and Northern Ireland, and apparently even London want to leave the UK and rejoin the EU, and another Scottish referendum is very likely to happen in the near future. Basically, if we’re not careful, it’ll be little old England and even littler Wales on our own to fend for ourselves with our anti-immigrant views. Which is obviously just what we want, right Nigel?

So basically the UK is going down the drain, and mostly due to loads of immigrant-hating old people voting leave, because they seem to forget that immigration helps our economy and shall I mention who a large proportion of our medical staff are??? A few of my friends are immigrants or have parents/ other family members who are, and as far as I know they’re doing no harm, other than they don’t fit Farage’s white, British agenda. Because, you know, ‘traditional values’ and all that (ignoring all the bits about acceptance because pfffft, no one needs thaaaaat, right?). In fact, here’s a little thing that explains that concept of acceptance that some leave voters/campaigners just can’t seem to grasp:

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“We can keep at it” but apparently not

But despite all this, I think the thing I’m most scared about is my own future, and the future of the rest of my generation. It’s going to hit us the hardest – with university and housing fees likely to skyrocket, not to mention the prices of everything else, and the fact we won’t be able to properly leave for up to another 5 years (probably). A large proportion of people that voted leave were in older generations, and naturally they’re probably going to die sooner than us lot that’ll have to deal with the consequences for a lot longer.

Studying and/or working abroad will be more difficult and more expensive, living costs are going to be tremendously huge, and if we can’t go to uni then who’ll be the future doctors, teachers, business owners, eh? In the end we’re all worse off, and that’s the horrible part.

Nigel Farage can keep his racist views to himself – this is my future being affected, my life, and I’m terrified.


Elly

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Guest Post – Marginalization in Mainstream Movements

Hey guys! Today we have a guest post from Luna Cooler. As with all posts on here, this is just personal opinion, however feel free to discuss (calmly) in the comments! Here we go:


What happens when social justice movements become the face of pop culture?

We live in a time when social justice movements are doing exactly that. Take feminism. While society still has its fair share of people who think the ideology of feminism is built on a vision of female supremacy, more and more people are willing to adopt feminism, including celebrities. Benedict Cumberbatch and Taylor Swift are two examples of celebrity feminists, and the Feministas blog you’re reading right now wouldn’t exist had Emma Watson not endorsed the UN movement HeForShe. There’s also a saying, “Feminism is for everyone.” I think this level of support for a cause is amazing.

However, I find there is still so much we can do to ensure that feminism truly is for everyone.

When we talk about why people should adopt feminism, usually the conversation is geared towards those who think feminism’s against men or those who believe feminism to be obsolete. What we usually don’t try to address are the people who do recognize the problem of inequality everywhere and feel that feminism in its current state is an insufficient remedy; a movement that perhaps means well but fails to reflect their needs.

In any marginalized group, not everyone is at the same level of power; the people with the most privilege within the marginalized group are the ones whose voices are amplified the most. Their issues (which might not be everyone’s issues) are often prioritized. So when it comes to mainstream feminism, the ones who benefit the most are straight White Western able-bodied women. They’re oppressed in the sense that they’re women, but they’re endowed with systemic privileges in all other aspects–such as ability, gender orientation, and race.

This is causing feminism to drive away people who don’t fit this mold.

Mainstream feminism has a habit of doing things that unintentionally (sometimes intentionally) oppress others. First-wave feminism had White suffragettes marching for the vote and pushing women of color to the back. During second-wave feminism, there was this idea of sisterhood in which everyone could relate to each other because they experienced the same kind of oppression (when women of color were not oppressed the same way as White women), which caused Alice Walker to create womanism for Black women’s struggles. There’s little to no discussion on disability; Caitlin Moran uses the word r*tard, an offensive term for disabled people, in her book How to Be a Woman. One could point out Taylor Swift’s colonialist “Wildest Dreams” video and culturally appropriative “Shake it Off” music video. Miley Cyrus, another problematic mainstream feminist, appropriates Black culture when she twerks and wears cornrows. Mainstream feminism loves to make bastardizations of cultures into fashion trends for White folks while ignoring the oppression faced by people of those cultures for participating in them, defending White celebrities “because choice!!!!!1!!!11!!!” Well, it’s not choice if it hinders another person’s freedom.

And then there’s the more complex side of LGBTQIA+ ignored. Mainstream feminism today is definitely working on gay and lesbian rights, waving around their rainbows and all the colorful attire. But again, the gays represented are systemically privileged in every aspect except their sexuality: white, cisgender, able-bodied, and usually male. Most of the conversation around LGBTQIA+ issues is something along the lines of “It makes me so mad when people say they’re not for same-sex marriage. They’re not for equal rights.” How many times do you hear about a queer person criticizing the argument behind same-sex marriage (with reasons different from those put forth by conservatives)? Not that much. If you observe on a day-to-day basis, how many times do you see a nonbinary, genderqueer, genderfluid, intersex, or ace/aro (that’s the A in LGBTQIA+) person speaking up compared to the number of times a gay or lesbian speaks up? Not that much either. Even HeForShe needs improvement here; while it features more people of color from different countries other than those in the West, no one’s doing work for those who don’t identify as he or she.

Many times, social justice accomplished a lot of things, but it also tended to go the way it shouldn’t go: assimilation. As social justice assimilates more and more into societal norms instead of dismantling them, its version of equality only benefits a certain group, leading to the replication of the same oppressive structures. This is what has been going on in mainstream feminism for a long time: all feminists are equal, but some feminists are more equal than others. As a second-generation Filipina on the ace spectrum, I hardly ever see people like me represented in the feminist movement. We can never achieve true equality if we don’t make women, along with nonbinary/intersex/etc. folks equal to each other as well; if we only represent one group’s struggles. We need a broader, more intersectional vision for our diverse world.


Luna Cooler is a biromantic second-generation Filipina on the ace spectrum, born and raised in Southern California. She likes drawing, writing, and playing the violin; she also has a memory that creeps people out. Luna mainly blogs at Luna’s Imagination Igloo, and her feminist blog is Notes from the Female Odyssey.

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Our 2015 in blogging

Hello!

I know this isn’t my usual day to post but I missed it last week and decided to just post any time! 😛 This is quite an interesting post today,

It’s very nearly 2016, and I’m not sure whether I’m okay about that. It feels so weird that another year will have ended so soon, and I just… It doesn’t feel right. This year has gone by so quickly – at least for me anyway – and SO MUCH has happened, including the creation of this blog!

Speaking of this blog, I have taken on the responsibility of sharing our 2015 review with you all! We honestly appreciate you all so much, and the statistics in this report are honestly so amazing! To think that we’ve not even had this blog a year and have done so much already is so great and your support definitely helps so much!

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the report! Continue reading

Mental Illness and Feminism in The Yellow Wallpaper

Hello!

It’s Elly here! I’ve not actually posted much on here for quite a while now, but after reading The Yellow Wallpaper I knew that I had to write a post about it! This is kind of a book review/ analysis type thing, so I hope you enjoy!


Anyone who knows me will know that I LOVE books, particularly ones with interesting subject matter and feminist-y stuff. That’s why, when my friend told me about The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, I just had to read it! And man am I glad I did (even if it was a little creepy)!

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Experiences with Anxiety.

TRIGGER WARNING: This post covers the topic of anxiety.  If this is something that upsets you, please don’t feel like you have to read it.


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As you may have guessed, the theme on the blog this fortnight is mental health, which differs slightly from the other themes we’ve covered so far!  It’s still a very important issue, though, and one that perhaps doesn’t have as much recognition as it needs.  For my post, I will be sharing some of the submissions we received regarding anxiety, including different ways of coping. Continue reading

Reblog: The F bomb: why everyone needs it

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Elly here! As it’s my day today and our theme this week is men and feminism, I thought I’d share this post with you that Elm shared with us all on Twitter. It really is a fantastic post and you should all read it!

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Femisim.

I need it and you need it too. Yes, even boys. Feminism is about boys too.

As we all know- or as we all should know- feminism is about equality on all aspects; social, political and economial. Contrary to popular belief, feminists believe in complete equality between genders, even if that means that if they commit a crime their punishment will be the same as their male counterpart’s. Feminism isn’t about asking for women to get off Scott-free. It’s about asking to be treated as an equal, not as a child.

Is it fair that when my parents applied to be homestay parents for transfer students, only my dad was asked for his fingerprint? No.

“Oppressed” guys think that feminism is a threat to their masculinity. The real threat to masculinity is the idea that males must fit under a certain ideal. The real threat to masculinity is life…

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Feminine and Feminist – contradictory or not?

I would consider myself a ‘girly girl’.  I like shopping, dresses, skirts, pink, sparkles, and other typically feminine things.  My hair is long and I like to have it in pretty styles every now and again.  Yet there’s one thing I wonder; why should this be seen as un-feminist by so many people?

Often, people tend to think of feminists as quite physically strong and tomboyish, not feminine.  Even other people who would call themselves feminists look down upon people who like makeup, jewelry and other things deemed ‘feminine’.  But is this really a feminist thing to do?

I think – and it may just be me here – that some people take tackling gender roles (one of the things that feminism focuses on) the wrong way.  Instead of tackling them to make them less expected, some people seem to think that we need to flip them around entirely, meaning that women who would prefer to be a typical stay-at-home-mum, or who like to wear makeup and dresses, can be frowned upon, and told that they’re “not real feminists”.

This isn’t right.

Females are putting other females down, simply because they want to do what they want, but isn’t feminism supposed to be about letting women and girls be free to choose what they want to do in life?  Shouldn’t we embrace all the differences between us females, and support others’ choices, even if they differ from this ‘feminist ideal’ that seems to exist in some people’s minds?

Back to the whole feminine thing: I don’t wear makeup and/ or dresses (and other things) because it’s expected of me, or because I want to impress anyone, contrary to what some people might think.  I like these things!  I enjoy doing my makeup, even if it doesn’t always go right first try.  I like pretty things because I just do and I CAN!  What I wear is my choice (well, my mum often helps me decide, but that’s just because I’m bad at decisions) so why should I be ashamed of that?

So please, wear whatever you like, like whatever you want to, and above all, don’t shame others for what they like!


Thanks for reading!  I’d love to know what you think, so feel free to let me know in the comments!  You can also let me know your thoughts on the topic if you wish!

~ Elly

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“The brightest witch of her age”

(Quick note ahead of this post: If you see something which says “(Spoiler ahead)” and then there is a white gap, highlight the white gap to see the spoiler if you want!  Credit to Bridget for the idea)

Now, anyone who knows me or reads my blog will know that it’s no secret that I love the Harry Potter series.  Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I snagged Hermione Granger up as soon as I knew this fortnight’s (that’s two weeks for all you Americans) theme – strong female characters!  Hermione is one of my all time favourite characters, so prepare yourself for a post full of fangirling! Continue reading

Taylor Swift and Feminism

Hello!  Elly here!

As this fortnight’s theme is ‘Celebrity Feminists’ I felt like I just had to do a post on Taylor Swift, as I love her music and agree with a lot of the things she says. She also has cats, which is amazing!! I think it is important for someone like her, an easily-recognisable celebrity, to stand for what she believes and often encourage others to do the same! Continue reading