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I like Emma Watson very much, but I don’t entirely understand why she was considered a person of note to address the UN. Is it because the public is especially interested in listening to celebrities?
I’d be happier about Doctor Who having done away with the romantic/sexual tension between Doctor and Companion that the last few series have entailed if it weren’t for the fact that, instead of kissing and flirting with his companions, like Matt Smith’s Doctor did, Capaldi’s script is rife with unnecessary criticism of Clara’s appearance.
There’s no reason for those comments to be made. I don’t need the Doctor constantly making remarks about how unattractive he finds her to get the message that theirs will not be a romantic or sexual relationship.
All these snide comments - “you’ve already taken off your makeup” to imply that she looks unattractive; “you’re built like a man”; “look for someone old and fat”; disagreeing that she looks good when she’s pleased with her appearance from the back - they aren’t needed for the relationship to come across as nonsexual.
I guess in Steven Moffat’s world, there is no middle ground between sexual attraction and repulsion.
Fun fact about the internet: searching for male pinup poses is a complete wash, but if you’re in search of a reference image for a quite muscular fellow, the search “shirtless firefighters” is your friend.
This is one of the reference pictures for my next piece: http://photos.toofab.com/gallery-images/2010/08/fdny_calender_men_photos_01_0004_Layer_2_gallery_main.jpg
"On one occasion with a dear friend and fellow actor in Seattle (who happens to be white), I was sharing my perspective about race in the theatre and explaining some of the privileges afforded to him because he was a white actor.
"One example of these recurrent advantages is being seen as “race-neutral”. In theatre, it’s an advantage to be white not because casting directors are racist, but because they’re human. Humans see color, whether they admit it to themselves or not. And in the absence of color, humans are more open to a first impression that isn’t tainted by their perception of a particular racial identity.
"Just the thought of my friend having a tangible and unfair advantage over me because of his whiteness drove his sense of ideological stability into disarray. Suddenly, I was being made to feel as if I had inflicted harm on him by having an honest conversation. Simply making him aware of observable fact had caused perceived mental harm, and real psychological stress.""
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