Okay guys, you're probably going to hate me for this, but I've got to point something out from the latest episode of Doctor Who.
Remember the scene where the Doctor grabs Jenny and plants a big kiss on her lips?
Yeah, that wasn't cool. It wasn't consensual.
Don't get me wrong. I still love my Doctor. And yes, Jenny did slap the Doctor in the face after he kissed her. But the kiss was so not the Doctor. Yes, the Doctor kissed both Rose and Martha. But in those two cases, the Doctor did it to save their lives. This kiss, on the other hand, was a kiss of passion, which isn't bad in and of itself, but because it wasn't consensual it brings up an underlying problem in our culture.
Even in this day and age, there's this idea in our culture that women are somehow obliged to be with men. That they can't have control over their own bodies. That they can't decide for themselves whether or not they want to be with someone. That women basically belong to men.
Now there is a difference between kissing someone accidentally and forcing a kiss upon someone. It's one thing to lean over and kiss someone you think likes you, only to find it was a misunderstanding and then you awkwardly apologize. It's another thing to grab a women you know probably doesn't want to kiss you, and force a kiss on her. It's not rape, I know. But technically it is a form of assault.
All the new episodes with Clara have been troublesome. We don't really know Clara. She's just the sidekick, and nothing else. We got to know her some in "The Bells of Saint John," but other than that Clara just tags along behind the Doctor and doesn't contribute much else. This is a far cry from past companions like Rose, Martha, Amy Pond, and the classic Sarah Jane Smith.
Doctor Who is still my favorite TV show, but currently the show's going in a direction that's not entirely female friendly. Hopefully next week's episode--written by Neil Gaiman--will be different.