Trying to piece together my thoughts on the Steven Moffat quote:
There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married - we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands.
Anyways, skimmed a couple articles, listened to a couple opinions from friends, and I think I have something:
Being a white, older male, he might have some sexist views on women, but I’ve never once thought while watching any of his stuff that anything was intentionally harmful towards women. I think any sexism he harbors is probably a product of his age and background (not that that makes it excusable, I’m just trying to dissect reasoning) but he definitely doesn’t seem (to me, and I may be wrong) to hate women; just look at his badass female characters. I don’t think that misogynist is the proper label in this instance. Misunderstanding, and under-educated in the ways of womenly ways perhaps, but he doesn’t appear to hate his female characters and I’ve never seen anything that looked outright malicious towards women. I think he’s just confused, and probably unknowingly clinging to a stereotype that was drilled into his head long ago.
I’d like to hear others’ thoughts on the matter. Important thing to keep in mind here: I’m a dude. I might be waaaaaaay the fuck off the mark here.
I don’t know what to think of this Moffat thing. It’s really bothering me.
A Study In Scarlet