May 21st, 2008

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Moffat and misogyny

Like everyone else I was delighted to hear that Steven Moffat has taken over from RTD as Head Writer/Exec Producer--until snowgrouse reminded me of some of his misogynist outpourings. Here are two excerpts.

"There's this issue you're not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That's the truth. We don't, as little boys, play at being married--we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands."

"Well, the world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level--except if you live in a civilised country and you're sort of educated and middle-class, because then you're almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked. There's a huge, unfortunate lack of respect for anything male."
So you don't think society, toys, and TV have any role in moulding kids' expectations, then? As long as he, unlike Ben Steed, keeps his prejudices out of his stories--and he has so far--I'll be happy.