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Doctor Who thing: when pro artists pull sexist bullshit

My pal Bonnie — aka bronxbee in comments here — attended New York Comic-Con weekend before last and took a ton of photos. Here I’m sharing some of the Doctor Who-related ones.

Today, this idiocy:


Do I need to explain why the depiction of Rose here is a problem? I’ll let Bonnie explain:

an imperiled Rose wearing almost nothing — in the usual comic book female pose (physically impossible of course) being attacked by a mummy (sphinx in background)… i’m assuming it’s a sort of The Mummy cross over. while beautifully done, it still points out the fan boy attitude, even when that FB is a professional artist. *le facepalm*.

Exactly. Why isn’t the Doctor depicted half naked — and tied up! — screaming for help, contorted into a ridiculous position that emphasizes how naked and helpless and fuckable he is? What’s that? That’s not a manly sort of pose? Well, the way Rose is depicted here is not a womanly sort of pose. Unless one equates womanhood with “dependent terrorized sex toy.”

Bonnie wasn’t able to get to the artist’s name or contact info. I’d be delighted to hear from him how he feels this represents the spirit of Doctor Who. The show has had some problems with its depictions of women, but never on any level like this. And Rose in particular was a such a refreshing change! She wore practical clothing always and she rescued the Doctor sometimes and no one would say for a moment that any of that made her less appealing. Is this image meant to put Rose in a more “proper” place for a female sidekick to a man?

This really does make me angry!

Photo by Bonnie-Ann Black.

See the rest of the “Doctor Who at New York Comic-Con” series:
merch at New York Comic-Con
the family that regenerates together attends New York Comic-Con together
gender-bending lady fans make the Doctor their own
women really do like Tom Baker’s Doctor
dressing up as the TARDIS
meet the Doctor Puppets and puppeteer/animator Alisa Stern
when boys cosplay Time Lords
the littlest fans at New York Comic-Con
fans two-by-two at New York Comic-Con
creative cosplay
TARDIS bags for charity

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

  • MinstrelOfC

    Oops: http://connect.collectorz.com/comics/database/monster-hunters-survival-guide/1c-258873

    … I guess that explains why “Rose” has a gun on her hip…..

  • Bluejay

    So not only is it sexism, it’s plagiarist sexism.

    Double lame.

  • No, it’s an *homage.*

    *double facepalm*

  • LaSargenta

    Lousy Photoshop, then.

  • althea

    Of course she’s meant to be screaming, but doesn’t it look like she’s also enjoying it? – which I wouldn’t say of the original. (Thanks for posting the link, Minstrel.) And why is there a cat (Bastet, presumably) calmly looking up at this activity? Fanboy, this is why you don’t have a girlfriend.

  • bronxbee

    maybe the guy is the original artist… i don’t know. there was such a crush around his table, i couldn’t get to it… i probably should have tried harder or waited for an explanation. but there was sooo much to see. including some really nice DW art.

  • Stephanie C.

    No, it was done by the original artist of that other piece. it’s lazy reuse of his own stuff, but it is neither plagiarism nor homage..

  • bronxbee

    thank you. i don’t really call it lazy — a lot of artists work the same theme over and over again. i’m not defending his depiction of women in either piece, just he’s entitled to use his own work any way he likes. technically, he’s quite good. i may have problems with his “vision.”

  • Stephanie C.

    I’m actually fine with the style, but I’m speaking based on the fact that he’s not just done it in the same theme; look at the holster, the arms, etc. the only things that have been painted over at the identifiers…it’s not an old idea, it’s the same painting.

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