The rush to post naked Jodie Whittaker photos, or why we as a race really haven’t grown up yet

I doubt I can tackle this better than Jezebel did, but I just wanted to throw in my two cents.

So now that we have a female Doctor Who, apparently some media outlets think we all just can’t wait to see her naked. Oh wait, she’s flashed her boobs and stuff already! Well, gosh! Where can I gawk?!

Jezebel named The Sun, the Mail Online, The Daily Mirror, Daily Express, and Daily Star as the guilty parties, and I have no reason to distrust their research on this matter. So let me just address them directly here: Did you do this when Peter Capaldi was cast? Would you have done it if Capaldi had been replaced by a man? Is that a “no” I hear you all saying? Then shame on all of you, with your double standard. There is no reason to treat Ms. Whittaker any differently than any of her predecessors.

Now, do not understand that this is meant to cast any aspersion at all upon Ms. Whittaker’s career. She’s an adult, isn’t she? And most of us are too, right? (Well, maybe not so much in the case of the above media outlets.) I have porn in my house, okay? I make no bones about it. So when I say I’m not a prude, you can trust me on that. I honestly don’t care what she’s flashed in her previous jobs. That’s her business. But I’m afraid I have to call the rest of the human race “immature” until most of us feel the same way.

Why this site, and why today

Hello. If we haven’t met yet, nice to meet you. You may have seen me post on Kemetic vs. Atheist (a site which is not going anywhere, so if you were worried, please don’t). For a while now, I’ve been concerned with the idea that my only blog is about religion; there’s so much more to discuss in life, isn’t there? And with political events in the United States having taken the turn they did last year, I feel there is still a need for feminists to speak up about the way things are going, and the way we’d like to see things go. Some are throwing themselves into the political arena, getting active…this is what I’m doing. And I may get political too; we’ll see by the time I’m done.

(For the record, there are a couple of things that I will not be full throated about, but I thought “Almost But Not Quite Full Throated Feminism” just didn’t have the same ring to it.)

Why today? We received the wonderful news about the casting of the next Doctor Who as a woman, Jodie Whittaker. I’ve seen her in Broadchurch and she was great, so I look forward to seeing how she will handle, what? The most iconic TV role in Great Britain? Is that exaggerating it a bit? I don’t think so; I’ve seen the word “iconic” bandied about quite a bit today, so I’m going with “iconic” too. So if you’re reading this and you’re feeling peeved about Whittaker’s casting, I’m thinking this may not be the blog for you. Probably. Just a feeling.

Still here? Awesome! If you have any thoughts — about this blog, about topic suggestions for future posts, etc. — please feel free to leave them below.