In the last couple of years the sci fi and fantasy fan community as well as the gaming community in particular have developed a very hostile attitude towards third wave feminism.
Whilst many high profile geeks in the industry itself such as Will Wheaton have welcomed what they feel are progressive changes to the industry brought about by feminists. Most fans I think its fair to say feel that the current brand of identity politics has had a poisonous influence on many large franchises.
In this article I am going to run through the reasons feminists are the most hated group in any fandom. Note: Obviously I am not saying all feminists are this bad. I am sure that there are many feminists who bring a lot to their fandoms, and obviously I am not condoning any abuse feminists have received online, though its worth mentioning that many anti feminists have received similar abuse.
There are psychos in any group and its a poor argument if they are the only people you can use to discredit the other side.
Also when I say feminists I really mean third wave feminists as the first and second wave feminists were by and large genuinely worthwhile movements. However in the modern western world, sadly third wave feminists represent the majority of feminists and so I won’t bother with the distinction here.
Feminists Have To Make Everything About Them
Again nobody has a problem with female led, or even feminist themed shows like Buffy, but the problem is that feminists have to make everything about their movement.
Often feminists will find a way to criticise something that is completely benign as being sexist and demand that it be changed. They will accuse anyone who disagrees of sexism, and rather than talk about the show, film, comic book, or game that we would normally have just talked about and enjoyed. Everyone instead has to talk about the feminists ridiculous accusations of sexism.
A classic example of this was the recent animated adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic comic The Killing Joke. Now fans had been clamouring for an animated adaptation of this story for many years starring Mark Hamill, long regarded as the greatest Joker.
Finally in 2015 it was announced that Mark Hamill would be reprising his role as the Clown Prince of Crime in an animated adaptation of the story after all.
Sadly however feminists complained that the story was sexist and even demanded that it not be adapted.
Now the accusations of sexism against The Killing Joke are in my opinion contradictory and hollow.
Feminists have argued that it normalizes violence against women due to what happens to Batgirl. That is complete nonsense of course as the Jokers actions against Batgirl are meant to be him finally crossing the line (which given how evil the Joker normally is, is really saying something!)
Feminists main beef with The Killing Joke however is that it is part of a supposed sexist trend in comic books where a female character is crippled, tortured or killed just to further a male characters story. This trend is referred to as “Women in Refrigerators” and personally I find it to be hypocritical.
There are plenty of instances of supporting male characters being tortured, crippled or killed in order to further a female heroes story. In Xena her son Solon is killed by her adversary Hope, Gabrielle’s husband Perdicus is sliced open by arch enemy Callisto. In Once Upon A Time meanwhile, the three main female characters Emma and Regina and Snow all lose their male loved ones, whilst in Charmed two of the sisters Prue and Phoebe’s main male love interests are killed off. In Buffy and Nikita male supporting characters are crippled horribly. Xander has his eye poked out by the evil Caleb, whilst Birkhoff is brutally tortured by Nikita’s nemesis Amanda who smashes his thumbs.
How is this scene any different to what the Joker does to Batgirl? Both involve the villain brutalizing someone close to the hero, but when its a male villain doing it to a female supporting character its sexist? At the end of the day I don’t think that either this torture scene or the crippling of Batgirl are sexist. Both are just examples of the writer trying to up the ante between the hero and villain.
Sadly however feminists slandered The Killing Joke as sexist and so that was all anyone ended up talking about when the film was released. Even reviews on non feminist sites had to mention how sexist the story was and put a heavier focus on Batgirl’s treatment than was necessary.
Even the film itself was compromised by a need to pander to feminists. The opening 30 minutes of the film revolve entirely around Batgirl. The producers did this in order to counteract the claims that the story was sexist by expanding on Batgirls role.
Now personally whilst I enjoyed the film overall I think this was a mistake. The Killing Joke is NOT Batgirls story. Its about the Joker and Batman. It makes 0 sense to focus on Batgirl as we ultimately have to abandon her when the story actually starts. Thus the first 30 minutes is completely detatched from the rest of the movie.
Of course the great irony is that feminists found the opening 30 minutes even more sexist. Still the point is the fact that it was Mark’s last proper performance as the Joker (he has since voiced the character in Justice League Action, but since that is a short series, aimed at a younger audience, then its really his last performance in a serious, feature length production.) And just simply the fact that it was an adaptation of a much loved, and highly influential comic book was completely overshadowed by the feminists complaints.
Another example of feminists completely overshadowing a product is of course Doctor Who, the worlds longest running and along with Star Trek most successful sci fi series. From about 2011 on feminists began to sink their claws into the Doctor Who franchise.
They targeted its showrunner Steven Moffat in particular and slandered him as a vile sexist, homophobic, racist, abelist etc. Sadly it became received wisdom that Steven Moffat was incapable of writing women, that he hated minorities and the man’s reputation was harmed greatly.
Of course once again all of these complaints were hollow or downright ridiculous. They included things like “Steven Moffat hates the mentally ill because he did a story where the Doctor blows up an insane asylum of Daleks”, or “he is a sexist because he had Karen Gillan were a short skirt”, or “Oh my god his female characters lives revolve around the Doctors life!” No shit, a supporting character’s life revolves around the main hero. Say it ain’t so.
Sadly however again just like with The Killing Joke it got to the point where all anyone could ever talk about in regards to Doctor Who was whether or not it was sexist, should the next Doctor be a woman, are male Doctor Who fans entitled etc. Practically all Steven Moffat talks about in interviews nowadays is that he is not sexist.
Steven Moffat much like the makers of The Killing Joke also began to pander to feminists in many ways, throughout both Doctor Who and its short lived spin off Class. He cast a woman as the Master, the Doctors archenemy, and rewrote him to be in love with the Doctor. He also beefed up the role of the Doctors companion, Clara to be far more important than she should be (to the point where she was even billed first instead of Capaldi the actor playing the Doctor). Finally he also included many anti male, and even anti white remarks throughout the show and its spin off too such as the following.
TANYA: White people.
APRIL: White people what?
TANYA: Always so optimistic. Always so certain things are going to work out for you. Oh, well, because they usually do.
APRIL: My dad tried to kill me when I was eight.
TANYA: But you got your mum up walking again. Typical white-person happy ending.
And finally throughout his 3 years on the show Moffat has also been laying the groundwork for a female Doctor Who, and it has recently been announced that the next Doctor will be a woman after all (though more on that later).
Marvel Comic books are yet another example of feminists having to make something all about them. Marvel comics just like Doctor Who have begun to pander to feminist audiences recently to the point where they have replaced longstanding male characters with female counterparts just like the Doctor (including Iron Man, Thor and Wolverine) and have begun to fill their comics themselves with more divisive SJW propaganda.
These videos cover the SJW propaganda in Marvels and to a lesser extent DC’s latest comics brilliantly.
Now again you can see the problem here. People who just want to read a fun story about monsters and superheroes have to have all of this crap shoved down their throats constantly.
I’m not saying you can’t ever make a story that features a political allegory. Sometimes a writer of a long running series like say Doctor Who might write a story with a particular political slant its true, but again that’s different as it won’t be featured all the time. Also if a character was previously politically neutral then I don’t think its a good idea to change them to being a political metaphor.
For instance Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Wonder-Woman are all characters that everyone can enjoy, liberals, conservatives, socialists, capitalists. They are just escapism.
Take a look at these scenes from CW’s adaptation of Supergirl to see how a previously politically neutral character can be hijacked by feminists and SJWs.
Supergirl has NOTHING to do with feminism. Just because she is a female hero doesn’t mean she has to be a feminist. By that logic then does Batman have to be reinterpreted as an MRA and complain about things like unfair custody battles, and the high rate of male suicide in the next Batman movie?
No other political or social group has to inflict their ideology on a work of entertainment that’s supposed to be for everybody like feminists do.
Take for instance a well known right wing sci fi geek and Doctor Who fan in particular like Dave Cullen. Dave is better known under his youtube moniker “Computing Forever”, and probably most famous for his youtube series “The Regressive News”. Dave thinks Socialism and Marxism are among the most destructive and dangerous ideologies ever devised, and he also voted against gay marriage in Ireland.
Now does Dave insist that Doctor Who be a conservative show and revolve around his political opinions and that the Doctor become a conservative character with the same political opinions as him? No Dave and others conservative Whovians just accept the Doctor for what he is and enjoy the show.
I on the other hand, though I agree with Dave on a number of things like Islam, and third wave feminism and I enjoy a lot of his work. Politically I am on the opposite end of the spectrum to Dave in a number of ways. I am a socialist, and I also support gay marriage very strongly.
However again do I insist that Doctor Who follow my political beliefs and have the Doctor rant about how Socialism is the only way forward for humanity, or do I just take it as a sci fi show?
Feminists like the blogger Whovian Feminism however HAVE to make Doctor Who completely revolve around their political movement. Her slogan is actually “My fandom will be feminist.”
Thus not surprisingly as a result of this feminists earn the hatred of nerds more than any other political or social group because they are the only ones who have to take over the entire product they become “fans” of.
To be fair this is not just specific to the sci fi and fantasy genres. Feminists have a habit of taking over everything they latch onto. Take a look at the New Atheist movement. Now I was never that interested in the New Atheist Movement, but it was at one point a healthy, thriving movement filled with diverse opinion, but once again feminists complained that it was sexist (over the most trivial reasons) and ultimately took it over, creating Atheism +
This video by Chris Ray Gun sums up how they took over the New Atheist Movement superbly, but really he could be talking about Doctor Who, Marvel Comics or just about any fandom that feminists have taken over just as well.
They Claim To Speak For All Women
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Ironically among the people who despise feminists and their influence on fandoms the most are women.
The reason for this is because feminists often act as though they represent women in general. Any criticism of feminism by nerds is seen as an attack against ALL women by evil white men. Similarly anything the feminists want is apparently what ALL women who are sci fi fans want to happen.
Examples of this include Will Wheaton’s fawning article about Anita Sarkeesian where he says about her critics.
“She also talks about her life as a target in the online culture war known as Gamergate, waged by entitled male gamers who fear change in an industry that is evolving while they seem determined to remain 15 forever.”
The irony is that many of the things feminists like Anita Sarkeesian champion, most female nerds despise.
Again take for instance a female Doctor. The likes of Whovian Feminism would have you believe that all women who watch Doctor Who desperately want a female Doctor. Truth be told most people against a female Doctor are women!
Similarly whilst Will Wheaton might be quick to tar Anita’s critics as being all entitled male gamers, many of her harshest critics are women!
See for yourself.
Ironically Will Wheaton is doing a better job of ignoring what women have to say, as he isn’t even acknowledging certain women’s existence because they don’t fit into his “evil men attacking poor little damsel Anita Sarkeesian” narrative.
Indeed feminism has done more to silence women in the sci fi and fantasy fandoms than anything else as female fans like Ciarra McCord’s opinions are NEVER represented in the mainstream media. They’d have you believe that every woman automatically agrees with Anita Sarkeesian. Furthermore feminists often have a condescending attitude towards any women that disagrees with their narrative of “you don’t know what’s good for you”, “trust me in the long run you’ll thank us” or the classic “you’re suffering from internalised misogyny by disagreeing with us”.
Fact is many women despise the influence the likes of Anita Sarkeesian and Whovian Feminism are having on certain franchises just as much as any male fan. However they end up being more pissed than male fans because they end up being lumped in with toxic people like Sarkeesian simply for being women by feminists and the mainstream media.
They Limit Female Characters
SJW’s and feminists are really more desperate to be offended than they are to enjoy something. Thus it doesn’t matter how interesting or well written, or well acted a female character is, they’ll still find one way to call her portrayal “problematic” to say the least.
Ironically however this just prevents writers from being able to do as many interesting things with female characters as they are with their male counterparts.
Lets take a look at one of the all time greatest female characters, Xena the Warrior Princess.
Now for those of you might be unfamiliar with her, Xena played by Lucy Lawless began as a supporting villain on Hercules the Legendary Journey’s. She was a cruel warlord who eventually learned the error of her ways thanks to Hercules. Such was her popularity that she eventually gained her own series which ended up being not only the most successful genre series of the 90’s (in terms of overseas sales it was the most popular show in the world at the height of its success.) But also ran longer than its parent show Hercules.
Xena would travel the world in her own show alongside her sidekick Gabrielle. The two fought evil warlords, Gods, and figures from history like Julius Cesaer. Though some critics have dismissed Xena as just a camp 90’s show its impact on the entertainment industry was immeasurable. It led to a massive craze of female led shows which included Buffy, and it influenced the likes of Quentin Tarrantino who based his movies Kill Bill on the feud between Xena and her archfoe Callisto. It also was even one of the key influences on the revived Doctor Who and Torchwood.
The character of Xena meanwhile has remained an icon around the world ever since and recently it was announced that there were plans for a remake over 20 years after the original series.
Sadly however if it were up to feminists and SJW’s then Xena may very well have never been made as when you think about it Xena based on what they have said in the past would offend them too much.
To start with Xena is obviously too sexy for feminist fans. Feminist fans always complain about the male gaze and have also argued that the heroines like Wonder Woman set a bad example for little girls by not being more realistic, or even overweight.
So again it goes without saying that Xena, the stunningly beautiful amazon that men like Ares are desperately in love with would NOT be popular with modern day feminists.
Furthermore feminists would NOT be happy with extreme levels of violence directed towards women in Xena the Warrior Princess.
Recently a poster for X-Men Appocalypse was banned after complaints from feminists because it featured the titular villain grabbing Jennifer Lawrence’s character Mystique by the throat.
Feminists complained that it was promoting violence against women so Fox actually had to pull the poster.
Similarly a recent poster of the Joker threatening Batgirl also had to be pulled for the same reason.
Also Whovian Feminism, among others have also complained any time a female or LGBT character is killed or harmed in the revived Doctor Who.
With this in mind how the hell would these people cope when Xena is strung from the ceiling, beaten with clubs, crucified, shot with dozens of arrows, has her back broken, her legs smashed with a hammer, decapitated, drowned, whacked with a log etc.
All of these scenes would clearly have to be cut, which would make Xena’s adventures a little more boring to say the least.
Finally far too many of Xena’s storylines revolve around men too. There is her longstanding romantic relationship with Ares, there is the death of her brother which turns her evil, the death of her son which drives a huge wedge between her and Gabrielle, her ongoing feud with Cesar, her redemption at the hands of Hercules. Undoubtedly many episodes of Xena where she battles Ares, Cesar and other male adversaries won’t pass the bechdel test.
For those of you unfamiliar with the bechdel Test it is where feminists judge something in terms of how sexist it is by looking at how many times women talk about men, obviously the fewer times they talk about men the better.
The Bechdel Test has often been used as proof of authors like Steven Moffat being sexist because his work apparently fails the bechdel test.
If you ever wanted proof that the bechdel test is nonsense take a look at the scene where Xena finds Solon’s dead body. Its easily the most powerful scene in the series.
Earlier Gabrielle had given birth to a half human, half Demon child that she named Hope. Sadly Hopes evil side was too great and she began to murder innocent people (including those who had risked their life for her.) Xena wanted to kill her for the greater good, but Gabrielle lied to Xena that she had already killed her, when in truth she managed to get Hope to safety.
Hope later returns and murders Xena’s only son Solon after tricking Gabrielle again. Its an amazing twist in the series to have Xena’s son die not at the hands of archenemy Callisto, but because of her best friend. Its also probably the best performance of Lucy Lawless’ career as we see Xena cradle her lifeless teenage son in her arms.
However technically it doesn’t pass the bechdel test as hey, Xena and Gabrielle are talking about a male character.
Now obviously its not good if the only thing women talk about is men, but at the same time the Bechdel test is too flawed a way to measure it clearly.
Naturally as a result of all this many writers find it more difficult to write for women nowadays. They don’t have to worry about having a male character whose life revolves around a female character like say the Doctor and his grand daughter Susan, or the Doctor and Rose, or Spider-Man and his many love interests.
They don’t have to worry about making male heroes big, strapping, sexy muscle bound heroes. Nobody is pushing for a fat, bald, ugly James Bond are they?
Furthermore nobody cares whenever anything violent happens to male heroes. There have been plenty of posters of male heroes being attacked and beaten that nobody has ever complained, as well they shouldn’t.
Oh my god Batman is being tortured by Bane on the cover, quick pull it, pull it, this is promoting the most heinous violence against men.
Thus ironically I feel more writers nowadays will be inclined to write for male characters instead as they are given more artistic freedom, and their characters aren’t looked at by crazed MRA’s desperate to find everything about Batman’s portrayal problematic for vulnerable young men.
Their Complaints Are Often Hypocritical
Many of the things that feminist fans feel are problematic about portrayals of female characters in the genre apply to men too, yet they never complain about when they apply to men.
Personally I don’t want them to complain as much about portrayals of male characters either. If that happens there will be no stories left to tell anymore.
Still if the feminists are after true equality then they should be just as angry about “problematic” portrayals of men in the genre.
For instance they only ever get upset when female characters are killed off, even though far more men are killed off than women in sci fi and fantasy.
A poster of a woman being strangled by a male villain is enough to provoke extreme outrage yet a scene from that same film of Wolverine slicing and dicing hundreds of guys goes unnoticed.
Men make up a far larger amount of victims of the weeks, mooks the hero slaughters, and far, far more male villains are killed in gruesome ways too.
Look at this scene from Buffy season 6. Now imagine a male hero killing a female villain in this way.
Think people would cheer him on? Granted Willow is meant to have crossed a line here, with Buffy herself condemning the killing. but even then most fans in my experience tend to support what Willow did here, and indeed the show often makes out that she was right anyway. Xander in the next episode says that Warren had it coming and Buffy doesn’t entirely disagree.
Feminists also complain about oversexualised images of female characters and also how fanboys drool over them being sexist and examples of “male gaze”.
Now I am not going to deny that female heroes like Wonder Woman, Xena, Buffy and the Charmed ones obviously have a lot of sex appeal.
However what’s wrong with that? Its perfectly natural and furthermore there are just as many examples of over sexualised male characters for the female fans too.
Feminists however never complain about this at all which ironically creates a double standard against men and women. Men are shamed for their natural sexual urges in a way women are not, whilst at the same time female performers like Lucy Lawless and Gal Gadot are shamed for looking gorgeous, and using their sex appeal in a way that hunky male leads are not.
At the same time ironically it could be argued that actually there is a greater market for the “female gaze”.
Put it this way do male fans of Charmed go online and write pornographic stories about Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano the way that fan girls do about the male lead characters in Supernatural, the Winchester brothers?
Its not just Supernatural of course. Slash fiction is a phenomenon in many major fandoms and its almost always female dominated. Now again I have no problem with it, but imagine the scorn feminists would have for a male fan who constantly wrote lesbian porn stories about two sexy female characters that he spent all of his time drooling over on fan forums?
Furthermore non sexualized male characters like the Doctor have been completely sexualized in order to appeal to female viewers.
For 26 years the Doctor was a completely asexual character and was often played by older men like Jon Pertwee and William Hartnell.
However for the revival Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat both said they wanted women to like Doctor Who so they decided to make the character more appealing to women. As a result of this they not only for many years cast younger actors in the role, but they completely rewrote the character of the Doctor to be more romantic and sensitive to make him appealing to the fangirls.
Again imagine the absolute outrage there would be from feminists if there was a major, completely sexless female character like say Miss Marple who had to be reimagined to be sexy for male viewers and they not only cast an actress like Maggie Q in the role, but also deliberately rewrote her to act like what they think a young man’s idea of the perfect woman is.
The Doctor in the 1970’s. A completely sexless character in every respect.
The Doctor of the 21st Century who was tailor made for a female audience.
You can see how this is just sheer and utter hypocrisy. Apparently a character who was always sexualized like Wonder Woman needs to be rewritten to be completely non sexualized or else its sexist. Meanwhile a completely sexless character has to be rewritten to be a love struck emo hero snogging every woman he comes into contact with to win round female audiences?
Another example of feminists hypocrisy is the way that they complain whenever a female characters story revolves around a man. Again poor old Steven Moffat is often slated as being unable to write for women because he makes their lives revolve around the Doctor in Doctor Who.
However once again these feminists NEVER comment on examples of male characters lives having to revolve around women (not that I think they should but again either comment on both or none at all.)
Spider-Man’s existence revolves entirely around his love interests, the Doctor from 2005 onward’s life usually revolved around a woman, Rose, Donna, River Song etc, Dave Lister the lead protagonist from Red Dwarf’s life revolves around his love for Kristine Kochanski. Many of Angel’s story arcs revolve around his love interest on both Buffy and his own show.
Similarly supporting male characters in female led shows like Riley in Buffy, Ares in Xena, and Cole in Charmed’s lives revolve around the female leads, yet feminists don’t condemn those series as anti men the same way they did the 11th Doctors era, because Rivers life revolved around the Doctors.
Feminists basically look at things one way with male characters and another with female ones.
Worst of all however is the way that feminists on the one hand can’t stand there being any franchise that’s aimed more towards men, yet on the other they want men kept away from any that is aimed towards women.
Again take a look at Doctor Who. Doctor Who despite having always had a large female following, was generally seen as a guys thing.
Sci fi in general is seen as a guys thing, the Doctor is a male character, whilst his sidekicks are women, and the show was always somewhat action packed, even in the Hartnell era, so its not hard to see why people would assume that it was more of a guys thing.
As a result of this however feminists initially despised Doctor Who in the 80’s and through the 90’s. They always slandered it as inherently anti women (just because it was something that men might like more) and contributed to its reputation falling.
By the 2010’s however when Doctor Who was popular again then the feminists latched onto it, but this time they demanded that it all be changed to suit them. They argued that Doctor Who was a horrible little boys only club and need to be more inclusive to the point where the Master had to become a woman, UNIT a longstanding military organisation has to be occupied entirely by women, and finally the Doctor himself has to be a woman.
We are constantly told that Doctor Who now becoming completely female dominated is a good thing as its more inclusive to female fans.
Meanwhile for the Wonder Woman movie there were actually all female screenings held for the film where men were actually prevented from being able to go and see it!
Of course its not like this is a one off. Whovian Feminism has hypocritically demanded that white men be limited from writing or directing series starring female or minority leads whilst always pushing for more women to both write and direct Doctor Who. She has argued that female characters written by women are always superior.
Of course the great irony is that the two most famous genre characters of the past at least 50 years, Xena and Buffy were both created by men. I’m not saying that this means men write better female characters, but you can see how it doesn’t matter? (Incidentally this is another reason Xena would struggle in the SJW/feminist dominated environment of today ironically.)
Basically feminists want sci fi and fantasy to be something where men are killed in the most horrible and gruesome ways regularly on screen, but if a woman even gets threatened in something then it has to be pulled and the makers apologize for promoting violence against women.
Also at the same time there are to be no pin ups for men, and men who fancy Buffy are to be shamed as perverts, whilst female fans can spend all their time drooling over the likes of James Marsters, Jensen Ackles and David Tennant and even write gay fan fic stories about the male leads they are attracted too.
Similarly we are allowed to have countless male characters like Rory Williams and Spike follow a strong female character around and have his life utterly revolve around her, but as soon as we have a strong male character like the Doctor with a female sidekick, then that is sexist, and we have to focus more on her, have her be the real hero of the story to the point where she takes his place in the opening credits, and gains his powers and use them much better than he ever did.
I wonder if Jodie will get a male companion that takes her place in the opening credits and gets her powers and uses them better than she does and tells her she has been useless compared to him?
And finally now all male led things like Doctor Who have to be feminized from top to bottom to not be a little boys only club, whilst anything starring a female hero has to be seen by women first, and can only be written and directed by women.
Yeah not hard to see why feminists are viewed as a bunch of anti men hypocrites with this in mind.
They Never Create Their Own Characters
Feminists and SJW’s can never create their own characters. They always instead demand that other people’s characters be changed to their liking. Examples of this include Wolverine, Thor, The Doctor, The Master and Iron Man who have all been replaced with or been turned into women.
SJW’s always claim that representation is important, but the thing is there is nothing to stop them from going out there and coming up with their own characters. However there are two reasons they don’t.
One is that they want to push their agenda to as many people as possible. Thus they want to use an already established and iconic character like say the Doctor, rather than create a new character and take the time and effort to make them an icon.
Take a look at Frank Hampson the creator of Dan Dare in contrast. Hampson felt at that time that comic books weren’t teaching children proper values. Hampson was a devout Christian and a socialist. As a result of this he decided to create Dan Dare (who went on to be arguably the most influential British comic book character of all time) that espoused those values.
If he had been like the feminist fans of today however he would have simply attacked other people’s work as sexist, racist etc until they did it the way he wanted.
Also there is a certain level of spite involved if the product stars white men and its fans are white men. Feminists always LOVE to go on about how they have made sexist male fans heads explode by taking away their characters. Thing is you are not a sexist if you don’t want your favourite character to be replaced which has essentially happened in all of these cases. Fans have similarly not liked it when beloved characters have been replaced by other men such as Damian Wayne taking over as Batman.
However the difference was you didn’t have to get other fans relishing in the fact you were upset or telling you you were a bigot for not liking Damian Wayne.
They Never Bring Attention To Original Female Characters
Continuing on from my last point, feminist fans are often the last people who actually ever like, never mind talk about female led series.
Take a look at Claudia Boleyn. Now I certainly don’t hate Claudia Boleyn personally. She is a really nice, intelligent girl, and any time I have spoken to her on twitter she has always been nice. She just seems a little bit misguided to me.
Still however Claudia sadly I feel cares more about turning male heroes into women to get back at the perceived “entitled male fans” than she does about actual female heroes.
The reason I think that is because Claudia virtually never comments on female led shows. Look at her blog or her youtube account. Almost all of the shows she reviews or is most passionate about star men. Doctor Who, Class, Torchwood, Merlin, Supernatural.
Where are her videos about Charmed? About Xena? About Buffy? About Earth 2? About Ghost Whisperer? About Once Upon A Time? She goes on and on about desperately wanting to see women and LGBT people like her on tv, yet Xena, a series about two bisexual women who are the worlds greatest heroes has never interested her?
Clearly Claudia actually doesn’t need to see someone who is like her on tv to enjoy a show. She has 0 interest in the massive franchises that already feature them. In fact ironically there are female counterparts to all of her favorite shows.
Supernatural and Charmed are two very similar shows. Both revolve around siblings who battle Demons. In both cases one of the siblings develops a close relationship with an Angel, whilst the youngest develops a romantic relationship with a Demon who wavers between good and evil and is eventually killed by the siblings. Both shows also feature a finale called All Hell Breaks Loose where one of the siblings is killed and the other is forced to make a deal with a Demon to save them which results in bad consequences for the eldest sibling.
Charmed however stars women and was created by a woman, whilst Supernatural stars men and was created by a guy.
Which one is Claudia a devoted fan of? Yep the masculine version.
Similarly look at Merlin and Xena. Both very similar shows in terms of style. Pseudo historicals, which mix fantasy, surrealism and humour. Take a look at two of the main villains in Merlin, Cenred and Morgause, a cocky egotistical guy with all the power, and a psycho blonde who eventually turns the tables on him.
Where have I seen that before?
Yet again between these two similar series which is the one Claudia loves? The one starring the two bisexual women or the one starring two white dudes?
Torchwood and Class also both have a similar premise to Buffy another female led series. All three revolve around portals to other universes below modern cities which attract monsters to them. Class is even set in a school!
However again which is the only one ironically out of those three Claudia isn’t a devoted fan of? That would be Buffy, the one starring a female lead.
I’m not saying this makes Claudia a liar. I think like a lot of these young fangirls she’s been worked up by a lot of the crap around her into thinking that representation is important (as indeed I was at one point) without even realizing that most of the shows she likes star men, so clearly she actually doesn’t need to see someone like her to enjoy something.
She also has no doubt been convinced that anyone who doesn’t say want a female Doctor is trying to limit what women can do in the genre.
However if she stopped and thought about it then she would probably realize that actually she clearly doesn’t care about representation at all.
The same applies for Whovian Feminism. This woman claims that she is desperate to see things starring women, yet she always reviews Doctor Who? I put this question to her on twitter that she cared more about taking the role of the Doctor away from men than in female heroes, which fair enough was probably a little too confrontational a way to phrase it.
Still all Whovian Feminism could say (aside from calling me a random white dude, like skin colour has anything to do with it) was that she liked the Wonder Woman movie.
That hardly shows an extensive knowledge of female heroes Whovian Feminism that you like the one currently in the cinemas. I doubt she has even heard of Callisto or Alti.
Paul Cornell is another male example who claims to care about female representation yet I have never seen him even once mention any of the classic female led series. Almost everything he reviews or indeed has written for is male led apart from a very few exceptions.
Doctor Who, Wolverine, Sherlock Holmes, Superman, Dan Dare. Where are Paul’s extensive reviews of every episode of Xena? Where are his Buffy comics, his novel showing us what happened to the Charmed sisters, his character who is a love letter to 90’s female heroes?
He doesn’t give a shit about any female heroes. Same applies to Will Wheaton. The only things I have ever seen Will Wheaton talk about are male led shows like Doctor Who, Star Trek (obviously) or films like Star Wars.
The same also applies to all of these women and men who keep going on about “now that the Doctor is a woman my daughters will finally have someone to look up to”.
If they didn’t before then that’s your fault! You were the one who chose to show them nothing but male led things like Doctor Who or Star Trek.
You could have maybe, just maybe shown them one of the following, Xena, Buffy, Charmed, Once Upon A Time, Relic Hunter, Nikita, Charlies Angels, Terminator 1 and 2, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Alien film series, Star Trek Voyager, Resident Evil film series, Underworld film series, Day of the Dead, Wonder Woman tv series, The Bionic Woman, Jessica Jones, Penny Dreadful, Stranger Things, Kill Bill 1 and 2, Sleepy Hollow tv series, Alias, Ghost Whisperer, Dark Angel?
Of course feminists earn the hatred of nerds not only because they go around telling the rest of us we need to get used to female heroes (despite never watching anything with female heroes) but they also ironically do down the contributions of many iconic female led series too.
The way feminists act now you’d think that the likes of Xena and Buffy never existed!
As a devoted, life long fan of Xena I am fucking fed up of it constantly being overlooked, but the reason for that is that it doesn’t fit into the “women are never allowed to be the heroes narrative” which is fuelled by feminist fans.
If feminist fans really cared about female representation in the genre, they’d either go out and create new characters or try and bring attention to female led classics like Xena and Charmed that are perhaps a bit overlooked. Instead however they are obsessed with making as many male characters into women as they possibly can, showing that its more about taking it away from men than a true desire for equality.
They ALWAYS Get Their Own Way
Sheldon’s a better representation for feminist fans in this scene than any female hero like Wonder Woman.
No group in any fandom gets their own way quite like feminists. Just take a look at the Doctor Who series.
As soon as they started complaining, EVERYTHING in the show was tailored to suit their needs. The Master was made into a woman, there were constant references to the Doctor changing gender, another timelord gender flipped, and finally the Doctor got turned into a woman even though the majority of fans were against it.
Similarly Marvel has also killed off and dropped many of their greatest and most popular heroes like Iron Man and Wolverine just because feminists wanted more diversity.
The reason they have so much more power is because they slander the makers of series personally, calling them names such as sexist, homophobic, racist etc. Also as ShoeOnHead has pointed out many times, people are more sympathetic to women’s problems, and as people associate feminism with all women sadly, then people are more likely to listen to and feel they have to try and fix a feminists complaint.
Also the mainstream media is on their side too and thus will often skewer things like Gamergate are Nazis, all people who don’t want a female Doctor are evil sexists etc, whilst not presenting the other side of the argument at all.
Now all of this is understandably annoying, but what makes it even worse is the way that feminists always go on about white male fans being privileged and that they need to get used to things not going their way!
In her review for Death in Heaven Claudia Boleyn comments on how the death of Osgood represented accurately how the fangirls had been treated by the writers of the show all season.
Are you fucking kidding me! For those of you unfamiliar with Doctor Who the season Claudia was referring to was one where the Doctors archenemy, the Master was turned into a bisexual, trans woman who wanted to shag the Doctor, where the groundwork was laid for a female Doctor, where Clara not only completely took over the show but also even took Capaldi’s place in the opening credits and was billed first. All to satisfy the feminist fan girls who complained throughout the 50th about the companion not being given enough to do, that another white man had been cast as the Doctor and that there weren’t enough LGBT characters.
The idea that Claudia could think that was a season that went out of its way to antagonise the fan girls is laughable. In fact it reminds me of a line from the Doctor Who story Resurrection of the Daleks “No matter how you react the Daleks see it as an act of provocation.”
They Only Bully Sci Fi Because It Is An Easy Target
Its funny the way feminists and SJW’s have singled out these two genres to attack more than any other.
Sci fi and fantasy have a long history of being among the most progressive and left wing genres (particularly when it comes to female lead series).
There aren’t nearly as many leading roles for women in other popular genres like westerns, crime thrillers, and spy and espionage stories.
So why don’t feminists go after these genres? Simple, because they are not as easy to bully. Sci fi and fantasy are sadly looked down on. Even with the recent geek fad, they are still often seen as sad and childish interests. Thus not only are the papers often going to be on the side of the feminists against the sad gits who like silly childish interests, but many nerds are also at the same time not going to want to defend their interest so vigorously out of fear of looking like sad gits.
Thus they will often only be too happy to let the feminists tread all over their franchise. Also to be fair again as the genres have always historically been progressive and forward thinking places then its fans will initially be more open minded.
Thus for all their talk of fighting for equality, feminists pick the easiest prey so to speak.
They Sink Every Franchise They Latch Onto
Not Cast On Merit
Every time a franchise panders to feminists (which as we have seen is often) its viewers, readers, audience in general will sink dramatically.
Doctor Who has shed two million viewers every single year since it started pandering to feminists. In fact the last series scored the two lowest rated episodes in the shows entire 50 plus year history, with viewers dropping to barely above 2 million at one point.
Marvel have of course begun to suffer record losses too since their SJW pandering began.
The reason they drive away viewers is because ironically for all their talk of diversity they make things like Doctor Who that could previously be enjoyed by anyone into things that only they can like.
Another reason they sink each franchise they influence is because they don’t actually care about what is the best thing for the franchise. Only in pushing an agenda. Thus stories take a back seat to virtue signalling, actors and actresses aren’t cast on merit, writers aren’t hired on merit either. They are all just there to tick boxs.
Take a look at Whovian Feminism, a woman who undoubtedly had an influence to some extent on the direction of Doctor Who (as she has interviewed several writers and directors from the show so they are at least aware of her blog.)
She has regularly said she wants a female Doctor and Master, just because. Thus neither Jodie Whitaker or Michelle Gomez were cast on merit. On top of that Whovian Feminism is demanding that there be an equal amount of female and male writers for the next season. I obviously have no problem with female writers, but nobody should be hired solely for their gender.
When you do that you are obviously not going to end up with the best person, and I a fan want the best people hired for Doctor Who. Whovian Feminism however doesn’t and again as she is the type of fan they listen too, because she slanders the makers as sexists the show doesn’t always have the best people working on it and thus its quality falls.
Feminists are the most hated group in any fandom they become a part of and for good reason. They ultimately are the only group who can never just simply be a part of any franchise they claim to be fans of. We all have our own expectations and ways we want franchises to go. Difference is we don’t all bully anyone who doesn’t want it to go the way we want to as sexists, or racist, or homophobic.
I mean hey I wanted Osgood to be 12’s companion. When Bill was announced I didn’t try and bully Moff into still making Osgood the new companion. I just accepted it. Feminists however sadly have to make everything go their way, and they always get it, whilst at the same time claiming that they are the victims.
Until feminists take a long hard look at how they have been acting and step back from making absolutely everything about them and their movement, then they will always remain the most hated members of any fandom.