Hot Topic: We Asked Our Readers if Steven Moffat’s Work Has Sexist Overtones… Here’s What You Said


In light of yet more accusations of misogyny in Steven Moffat’s work, this time as part of the reaction to Sherlock‘s The Abominable Bride, we asked our readers if they believed that The Moff’s writing showed a sexist streak, the results were overwhelming.

70% of all respondents did not believe that Steven’s work shows sexist overtones, over a two third majority.

The accusation of sexism in Moffat’s work is nothing new in Doctor Who circles, Moffat having defending himself strongly against the accusation in the past.

Speaking to Wales Online in 2012, Moffat said:

“I think it’s one thing to criticise a programme and another thing to invent motives out of amateur psychology for the writer and then accuse him of having those feelings. I’m certainly not a sexist, a misogynist and it was wrong. It’s not true and in terms of the character Sherlock Holmes, it is interesting. He has been referred to as being a bit misogynist. He’s not; the fact is one of the lovely threads of the original Sherlock Holmes is whatever he says, he cannot abide anyone being cruel to women – he actually becomes incensed and full of rage.”

The Abominable Bride was broadcast on New Year's Day on BBC One

The Abominable Bride was broadcast on New Year’s Day on BBC One

And more recently just this past November, the Grand Moff spoke out in relation to accusations against Doctor Who:

“It’s a complicated issue. I never quite know how to respond. The general point being made by these people is correct. We need better female role models on screen. Maybe this is my dimwittery but I do not understand why Doctor Who of all shows is singled out as misogynist. I’m sure I’m to the left of a lot of my detractors.”

Do you agree with the 70% who voted in support of Steven? or do you disagree? make sure you let us know via Twitter or Facebook.


2 thoughts on “Hot Topic: We Asked Our Readers if Steven Moffat’s Work Has Sexist Overtones… Here’s What You Said

  1. It’s not so much that he’s sexist, but that he claims to be a feminist writer but doesn’t understand what that’s really about. Whenever he’s praised for being feminist, it’s because one of his female characters has actually been a bit misandrist, like describing a man as looking weird when he’s thinking. It’s not that he doesn’t care about female characters – I do believe he does – but that he doesn’t understands why he needs to or why it matters.


  2. He is sexist. I think most people don’t notice it because a lot of life has sexism in it and we’ve normalized it so that nobody thinks twice when it’s staring them in the face. Mr. Moffat is fixated on women as walking wombs and dominatrix and unreasonable, flat, one dimensional characters who hold jobs like perfume sales, modeling, kissograms and only do things like archeology if it gets them to the man they want, etc. Yeah, very sexist and that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Does this guy even have a mother? (One would have to wonder, since she’s not listed anywhere, dead or alive, come to think of it…And maybe that’s the problem.)


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