kat chastain: Blaming Chelsea For Bad T.V. →
Sitting through discussion last night and reading posts this morning to the effect that Chelsea Manning is Not The Visibility We Need, the implications being there’s an agreed upon standard for The Visibility We Need (as determined by the nonexistent trans community hivemind) and that each of us…
Yup, and here’s another thing:
Chelsea Manning is the visibility I need. She’s someone I’m so fucking proud of I could break down crying.
The system she confronted was so scary most of us try not to think about it, just live in constant fear. There’s nothing a coward hates more than someone who, by their actions, puts their cowardice to shame.
I’ve been trapped for long grey periods by physical, emotional, and financial coercion in a tiny space with nobody to talk to and no way to transition and no way to escape. I’ve confided in other queer people I trusted only to have them go to my abusers and make sure I was physically unable to escape from the situation. I’ve been so frustrated and horrified at abuses that I couldn’t shut my big mouth and started talking about it and became a pariah. I identify with that most of all, perhaps—the essentially “female” sin of not being able to hide your emotions, at being hysterically consumed by something you knew deep down was true but which was not held as true by consensus reality.
I’m not Chelsea Manning. Only Chelsea Manning can be Chelsea Manning. But I identify with her more than nearly any other trans person I can think of. She’s fucking amazing.
The entire system and history of solitary and torture and legal bullshit and prison and army and mental “health” was designed to make sure people never did things like this, that as a nation we gradually over time came to sense the pure and unrelenting horror of that unnameable black hole worse than death, so that nobody would even think of making such a terrible sacrifice. She did.
"I like that Helen Mirren has been saying the next doctor should be a woman. I would like to go on record and say that the Queen should be played by a man."
While I was pleased and excited to see that Zoe Ball, Stephen Hawking, along with previous Doctors including Matt Smith and Tom Baker, and many, many others were supportive of the next Doctor being a woman, I can’t even begin to describe my disappointment with this quote by Steven Moffat.
One of the most persistent arguments I’ve come across is that the Doctor has always been played by a man and therefore should always be played by a man, and with this quote, Moffat has reaffirmed their position.
And I honestly just cannot believe he said that. For several years now the groundwork has been laid for a regeneration from a man to a woman. While I would’ve been fine, if not thrilled, to see another man cast in the role, with this quote Moffat has indicated that he doesn’t think it’s plausible that the Doctor should ever be played by a woman.
I was ready to be happy for Peter Capaldi. I was ready to go forward and say we should all rally behind him. I was ready to be excited for the next fifty years of Doctor Who.
But now all I feel is a huge, aching sense of disappointment with Moffat.
I like that some people still have the capacity to have a newly gained aching sense of disappointment with Moffat…
(Source: whovianfeminism, via gendertruckery)