Cos Russell told me to, the black-hearted swine. He thought, ‘Big frocks, big hair—let’s give it to the show’s token straight for a laugh.’ He gets bored in Cardiff, you know. The brief was just an e-mail, assuring me that he’d want me back for Series Two, and asking if I had any interest in Madame de Pompadour and a clockwork man… which I didn’t, really. But I’m a professional, me. Being honest, I wasn’t all that sure who Madame de Pompadour was. Could’ve been Hitler’s mistress for all I knew. Or Hitler.
So I thought it might be interesting to make the Madame, and her life, and her extraordinary charm and personality, and her relationship with the Doctor, central to the story—not just a bit of colour between monster attacks. She’s one of the most learned, accomplished, beautiful, funny, brilliant women who ever lived. And as sexy as any other 12 women. And trained since birth—trained, educated, practically brainwashed—to be the King’s mistress. Think about that. She’s trained since early childhood to be the perfect consort to a raging egomaniac… and then she meets the Doctor! Honestly, some relationships just write themselves.
Steven Moffat on the question, “So where did the idea come from? Why Madame de Pompadour?" | DWM Issue 369 (via nowrunalong)

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Deep Breath reaction post.


This is about the unaired leak of the first episode of series 8 of Doctor Who. It contains spoilers.

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We tell our women “get into science, get into math, get into the pipeline.” Who wants to be in a pipeline full of acid?

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I’m at the car dealership, waiting for my service recall to be completed, and this statement caught the attention of every woman in the room. Unsurprisingly, they all nodded in assent while the few men in the room looked uncomfortable.

The point is valid: even if access to STEM and other male dominated fields is made available, we need to do something about the culture in the field. Access to a pipeline full of acid, while it is still access, serves to maintain inequality.

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so my sister works in STEM & if you talked to her for like 5 minutes she can tell you how true this is. it’s fucking poisonous

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Enjoy before CBS attacks!

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this website SAVED MY BRAIN when i was a stressed out college student who couldn’t stop flipping out long enough to prioritize. quite a few of you are still suffering through college so i hope this helps you too!! c:

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do you ever suddenly look at all the tabs you have open and wonder when did i lose control of my life?

This reality is a bit harder to swallow: There are more white people in the US and Canada because the US and Canada were established using the systematic genocide of Native peoples, the theft of Native lands, and the labour of enslaved peoples in the past and immigrant peoples currently who were and are never meant to stay or survive.

And now you’re uncomfortable. Good.

When you accept and acknowledge that census figures reflect a long history of marginalization, it is preposterous to use these same figures as the benchmark to which you measure the inclusion of marginalized people.

There’s a great piece in the Toast about representation and diversity (‘Proportional Representation’ Has No Place In Diversity Discussions by Léonicka Valcius) today. (via whineandbeer)

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#me in class when i get the answer wrong

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…then you may learn that some roses have steel thorns.

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