I’ve been a long time defender of Moffat. Not in that I think he’s a feminist writer by any means, just that I didn’t think he was too awful. I was convinced he’d redeem himself given time. But Asylum of the Daleks proved me wrong.
In Asylum of the Daleks, Rory and Amy are getting a divorce. Why? Because Amy can’t get pregnant.
Here’s my initial response, immediately after the episode ended:
Come off it…Moffat.
Just finished Asylum of the Daleks and I have to say, I”m kind of disappointed. I loved the Daleks, and I thought all that was really cool. And you know cosplayers are going to have a fucking field day with this episode.
This is 2012, and Amy still defines her worth by her ability to reproduce. (What bothers me most here isn’t that a 21st Century woman might feel this way, but that Amy would never have been written ANY OTHER way, even in 2012.) And I want to be able to argue that, “Oh the point is that she finds out her worth isn’t based on her ability to reproduce.”
Well, its only resolved by Amy finding out that Rory just loves her so much! So she does have worth, because her husband really really loves her!
Its not like with Donna Noble, who finds her self worth based on her ability to help people and problem solve. I think in a story like this Amy needs to find her self worth based on something else. Its bullshit. Its such a cop out.
Steven Moffat is just not a very good character writer, its as simple as that. Of all the trauma Amy and Rory have been through – and there have been a lot – the one thing that breaks them up is that Amy can’t have kids….really?
It kind of pushed it over the edge for me. Moffat has been accused of misogyny and sexism, and I’ve often been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. But this is just so fucking cartoonish. Its so childish.
Give me a break. This is Amelia Pond. She’s saved hundreds of lives all across time and space. She’s married to an ancient Roman. Her best friend and son in law is the coolest super hero ever. She’s like…a super model. But…she can’t have kids, so she just can’t be with Rory anymore!
I know a lot of you are going to horribly disagree with me on this, and I’m going to get a lot of hatorade about this.
I think the first 4 or 5 years of New Doctor Who, had some really wonderful role models for young women. But Amelia not only hasn’t been as good of an example as Rose, Martha, and Donna, but she’s turning into a fucking cartoon.
Its about time she left, or maybe its just about time Steven Moffat left. (I’m going to get so much hate because of this video.)
I’m just going to put this out there now, while I’m on the subject: The nerd community, if there is such a thing, is incredibly sexist. And you may think you’re enlightened, because you really love sexy busty women wearing barely anything, holding a great big sword, showing how strong they are, but that’s not really how it works.
Moffat just doesn’t understand people as well as Russell T Davies, especially women. His understanding of women is just nil; it doesn’t exist.
We need women writers on this show so bad.
OK, now bring the hate, guys, I’m ready.
In hindsight, I’m not pleased with everything I said in the video . I don’t mean to undermine the experiences of real women who have been through this themselves.
It isn’t the infertility itself that bothers me. Its how its used, and how its conveyed. Amy’s experience with it is drastically oversimplified, in a way that is misleading and not at all empowering to younger viewers.
Also in the context of Amy’s previous season, it bothered me. I miss the Amy of season 5, and I was hoping to get her back for season 7. Alas, it was all about her uterus again.
I posted this primarily to invite discussion, since it had yet to be mentioned on Doctor Her. I value all the opinions of the commenters below! Please post your own!