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.”
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.”