mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 4)
You may have noticed I haven't been very active in Who fandom lately, and there are several reasons for this: the fact that I still haven't finished watching the most recent season being the biggest one (nothing against it, it's just I've been watching almost no television lately- I haven't even seen the new episodes of my favorite guilty pleasure, True Blood, nor have I even watched very many Red Sox games this summer). Of course, I've been rather involved with some other fandoms ::cough DS cough::, and heavily into my 50 book challenge, not to mention studying for the GRE.

But being the opinionated person that I am, I couldn't really pass up expressing some thoughts on the latest to-do. [livejournal.com profile] amaresu is a friend, so I saw her post first, and then read this post that was linked from [livejournal.com profile] metafandom, and the post it originally was originally inspired by. I'm sure I've missed tons of other stuff, as those are the only posts I've read.

Under the cut, as this gets kind of long )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who rose)
I hate to keep harping on a subject, but one of the comments to my previous meta set me off on this one.

Rose & Mickey- thoughts on double standards )
mysticalchild_isis: (xena rawr)
Further Thoughts On Fandom Misogyny

You know, I'm disturbed by how often the male characters who treat people (especially women) like crap are the fandom darlings. They become the woobie who can do no wrong, because he's deep, he has layers, he's had bad things happen to him, he's misunderstood (especially by all those evil female characters). They often have huge communities devoted to them and metric tons of fic describing how wonderful and perfect they are. I'm not trying to criticize people for loving the characters they love. We all have our preferences, and deeply complex characters are interesting, and often feel more real.

What's really bothering me here are the gender politics that go on in fandom, and the double standard between the way female characters are treated versus male characters.

Let's take Tony DiNozzo from NCIS. Yes, I like him too. He is a complex character, he's had some wonderful moments of heroism, and he has struggled with some tough times in his life. But let's be honest: he's rude, he's dismissive, he bullies people, he objectifies women constantly, and he also tends to blame women ("it's always the wife "). Before anyone jumps in to accuse me of misunderstanding poor Tony, let's take a step back and deconstruct things a bit.

Take some time and really, truly, and honestly think about this: if Tony was instead a woman, let's say Tonia, what would you think about her? When she constantly objectified men while simultaneously dismissing and blaming them, how would you feel? When she bullied, belittled, and tormented Tim, would it seem just as funny (because, after all, she really does love Tim like a brother, right)?

There are some people who can truthfully say they'd love Tonia just as much as Tony, because it really is just about what they like about the characterization, regardless of gender. Tonia has probably also gained some brand new fans, who like her because she turns the dominant paradigm on its head- they'd enjoy watching a woman constantly objectifying men, and running roughshod over everyone.

But be honest: how many people would call Tonia a slut, a bitch, a whore, or a harpy? How dare that uppity woman torment poor little Timmy! Who does she think she is?

Let's try an opposite sort of example, and take Rose Tyler from Doctor Who. Rose consistently gets accused of being a Mary Sue, a selfish brat, a chav, and all sorts of other similarly offensive things. Imagine, however (honestly and deeply), if Rose was instead Ryan, played by someone like Bradley James. Let's say we now have a young man who doesn't have much in the way of education, but who pick things up pretty quickly, someone who's compassionate and friendly, and who loves the Doctor deeply. Ryan is suddenly reminding me a lot of a modern version of Jamie McCrimmon. How many people hate on Jamie, or call him a Gary Stu, or accuse him of being selfish for loving the Doctor? Just how many of the people who despise Rose would hate Ryan just as much?

Try taking any female character you dislike, and transforming them into a man... how does this change how you look at them? There are still going to be plenty of characters you dislike, regardless of gender, because they're still a cat hater, or a Yankees fan, or they look just like that math teacher who used to call you stupid. But how much time would you spend bashing them? Do you think there would be whole communities devoted to hating them? Would they be constantly vilified in fanfic?

But what does it matter if we bash female characters? They're only fictional, after all. I'll just say this- I don't think it's a good idea to spend a lot of time disparaging and despising women, even if they aren't real, as that's the sort of thing that can become a habit.

Yes, I'm oversimplifying things, being judgmental, and the people who see this are almost certainly the last people on earth who need to read it, but I had to throw it out there.

Thoughts, critiques, attacks, opinions?

You're very welcome to share this/link to it.
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 9/rose hands)
Nine/Rose fic rec list last updated March 14, 2010.
New recs are marked as such.

I've been putting together several rather specific rec lists in the last few months (an alt!Doctor/Rose list, a reunionfic list, and a multi-era Rose/Doctor list), but in the end, I'm a Nine/Rose shipper at heart... and so, now, a rather massive Nine/Rose rec list.

I've separated them out as All-Ages, Teen, Adult, and Babyfic (I tried to err on the side of caution with the ratings). I've also starred (*) a couple fics that really stand out to me within each category in case you don't want to flip through dozens of stories.

Also, this list has gotten so extensive that I've started a separate list for gen/friendship fics of all ratings. If you're looking for good Nine & Rose stories without romantic tension, that's where to go.

All-Ages Fic Recs )

Teen Fic Recs )

Adult Fic Recs )

Baby/Kid Fic Recs )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 7)
It's been awhile, and I was in the mood for some Seven & Ace... aka known as the Doctor & companion pairing most likely to leave you bruised, broken, beaten with a baseball bat, or blown to hell.

Nitro-9 Time )

09-09-09!

Sep. 9th, 2009 05:31 pm
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 9/rose two of us)
It's 9/9/09, which must mean that it is Ninth Doctor Day! Let's hear it for leather jackets, Northern accents, chips, sarcasm, and noses with special powers.

To celebrate, nine screencaps of Nine from "Rose".

Lots of planets have a North )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who rose/nine)
It's no secret that "The End of the World" is one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes, and that the Nine & Rose photos from EOTW = LOVE. While browsing though Tragical History Tour, I discovered that there were some new photos from said shoot, so of course I felt compelled to add the new to my old favorites, and make a picspam.

Because Nine and Rose are just too adorable (and gorgeous) to resist.
There's me... )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 10/rose)
10.5/Rose rec list last updated October 6, 2009.
New recs are marked as such. I've also starred (*) a few of my personal favorites.

My list of Handy/Rose recs. These stories are all canon-compliant with "Journey's End". I've organized them by rating (all-ages, teen, and adult)

recs this way )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 9/rose two of us)
Nine & Rose genfic rec list last updated March 14, 2010.
New recs are labeled as such. Also, I've starred (*) a few of my favorites.

My Nine/Rose recs page was getting so unwieldy, I made the executive decision to move all the non-shippy fics over here. Romantic/shippy fics of all ratings remain at the main Nine/Rose recs page.

Lots of planets have a North )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 10/rose)
Doctor/Rose reunionfic rec list last updated November 17, 2009.
New recs are marked as such, and I've starred (*) a few of my very favorites within the list.

Doctor/Rose reunion stories I liked, separated into All-Ages/Teen, Adult, and Baby/Kidfic. Most are post-DD reunion fics, but there are a couple S4 based fics (some written anticipating the finale; some as alternates to the finale).

reunionfic list )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 8/rose)
Multi-era Doctor & Rose rec list last updated March 13, 2010.
New recs are marked as such. I've also starred (*) a few of my personal favorites.

As a fan of both the classic and new Who, I especially enjoy stories that manage to incorporate both well. So here's my collection of multi-era Doctor Who Doctor & Rose recs.

I've indicated when the recs are adult. Some are shippy, and some are just great gen stories with Rose and the Doctor(s).

multi-era recs )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 8/rose)
Rose/Alt!Doctor list last updated March 13, 2010.
New recs are marked as such. I've also starred (*) a few of my personal favorites.

Rose/Alt!Doctor Rec List )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 7)
General Whovian Rec List Part 2 last updated March 14, 2010.

The list was getting a bit too unwieldy, so I split it. Doctors One through Five can be found here. All of my Doctor Who rec lists can be accessed here.

Organized by Doctor's era. Adult fics are labeled as such.

General recs part two )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 4)
It's Monday. Mondays are evil. So, I shall fight back with a picspam of Three and Sarah Jane being adorable.

Are you going to give me away, Doctor? )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 4)
Oh beloved 'fro and scarf of my childhood. A picspam of the Fourth Doctor.

You may be *a* Doctor, but I'm *the* Doctor. The definite article, you might say. )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 8)
It's really bloody cold here in Boston, and I had to do something... and so I figured, what better way to raise the temperature than a Paul McGann/Eight Picspam?

If it doesn't warm you up, you might want to make sure that you aren't dead. )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who 4)
General Whovian rec list last updated March 14, 2010.

The list was getting a bit too unwieldy, so I split it. Doctors Six through Ten (and other) are now located here. All of my Doctor Who rec lists can be accessed here.

I figured it was high time to do a non-D/R fic rec list. This is a mixed bag of gen, ship, slash, et al, though I tried to label them all appropriately, including marking adult fics as such.

Organized by Doctor's Era.

The Doctor. Just The Doctor. )
mysticalchild_isis: (dr who rose/nine)
My hosts aren't home, and the idea of doing my classwork just isn't particularly appealing at the moment. I think it might be time to do another Chris picspam.

I think you need a Doctor )

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