Favourite Feminist Moments in Doctor Who - #5 Bones of the Hand
Submitted by Sarah531
Martha Jones suffered appallingly during her time in the TARDIS. Amongst other things, she has to spend a significant amount of time in a world that openly despised and dismissed her on the basis of her gender and skin colour. During this time her best friend in the world, The Doctor, treats her, at best, like an obnoxious child.
The frustration and anger Martha felt during those months must have been bloody unbearable. But she is Martha, and she is wonderful, and she refuses to let the situation beat her down, even when almost everyone around her tells her to be quiet, she is defiant. She still speaks.
This is best illustrated when Joan, like everyone else around her, dismisses Martha’s achievements.
Women might train to be doctors, but hardly a skivvy and hardly one of your colour.
You can see in Martha’s eyes the anger and frustration which have been bubbling away for months, boil over. She promptly turns the tables on Joan, demonstrating her knowledge (which almost certainly exceeds Joan’s own) by naming all the bones of the hand.
Women of colour have very different experiences of oppression than that of their more privileged counterparts and, I like to think, this scene demonstrates that well. The experiences of women of colour should not be ignored or glossed over, as they all too often are in mainstream feminism. This scene reminds us feminists who have privilege to never write off the experiences of those who are oppressed in ways we are not. As well as showing Martha in full on BAMF mode.
If you care that soon there will be no women on English banknotes
….then you should probably sign this.
THIS IS WHY I LOVE ELEMENTARY
INSTEAD OF THE PUNCHLINE OF THE JOKE BEING “LOL SHE’S ON HER PERIOD” THE PUNCHLINE OF THE JOKE IS HER CALLING HIM OUT AND TELLING HIM HE’S AN ASS
I THINK THIS IS THE FIRST. FUCKING. TIME. I’VE SEEN A SHOW CALL SOMEONE OUT ON THE “WELL CLEARLY IT’S YOUR PERIOD AND THAT’S WHY YOU’RE UPSET” AND CALLS IT EXACTLY WHAT IT IS
I am reblogging this to my main and side blog because fucking yes
Joan Watson won’t take none of your shit.
Three Marys at the Empty Tomb - William Adolphe Bouguereau
Never forget, these were the first apostles, preaching the good news, founders of the Church.
Among these other great quotes by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935):
• It is the duty of youth to bring fresh new powers to bear on Social progress. Each generation of young people should be to the world like a vast reserve force to a tired army. They should life the world forward. That is what they are for.
• The first duty of a human being is to assume the right relationship to society — more briefly, to find your real job, and do it.
• Love grows by service.
• The women who do the most work get the least money, and the women who have the most money do the least work.
• In our steady insistence on proclaiming sex-distinction we have grown to consider most human attributes as masculine attributes, for the simple reason that they were allowed for men and forbidden to women.
• Habits of thought persist through the centuries; and while a healthy brain may reject the doctrine it no longer believes, it will continue to feel the same sentiments formerly associated with that doctrine.
• The softest, freest, most pliable and changeful living substance is the brain — the hardest and most iron-bound as well.
Source of quotes
“And boys don’t like it when girls tell jokes, because it freaks them out to think that a girl might actually be funnier than what they are.”
More photos from the OUSU Women’s “I Need Feminism Because…” campaign in Oxford.
Isn’t it humbling to write hundreds and hundreds of words about sexism and gender and entitlement and then remember that “Flight of the Conchords” nailed the whole displacement-of-responsibility and nice-guy rage things in, like, four sentences?
Ever since Zooey Deschanel came out proudly as a feminist, I’ve liked her a lot more. With so many female pop stars saying they aren’t feminist because they aren’t hairy man-hating lezbos, it does my heart good to see unapologetic feminism from a high femme.
to see the whole thing in one piece, click here
Some of this is taken from other posts. Ladies makin’ history collage.
Mary Gonzalez is the Representative-elect for Texas and will be the first openly pansexual official in the United States. She acknowledged the existence of non-binary identities when she came out.
Mazie Hirono is the Senator Elect from Hawaii and will be the first Asian-American woman in the Senate.
Tammy Duckworth is the Representative-elect for Illinois. She lost both her legs in the Iraq War and will be the first disabled female veteran elected to the House.
Tammy Baldwin is the Senator Elect from Winsconsin and the first openly gay person ever elected to the Senate.
(There was some misinformation over her stance on transgender issues (admittedly, the whole incident was a bit fuzzy at the end) but to clear things up, she has publically spoken out against transgender discrimination and advocated for their rights as recently as last year.)