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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.)

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