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Published on July 29th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Scantily Clad PodKast

Doctor Who cosplayers - sexy, or expressing their femininity?

You may have seen in the press recently details of an online spat between one-time Doctor Who guest (and well-known geek) Simon Pegg and a cosplay lady who took exception to some of his borderline-sexist (there’s an ironic/post-modern argument in there if you want to look for it) comments concerning cosplayers dressed as Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi.

As cosplay is something that has becoming a major element of Doctor Who fandom in recent years, and given that our very own Brian Terranova spends a lot of time dressed up as Leela dressed as the Tenth Doctor, we thought that a great topic for this latest podKast would be the very topic of sexism within fandom, particularly within cosplaying circles.

This week’s podKast is brought to you by James McLean and Brian Terranova.

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About the Author


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

3 Responses to Scantily Clad PodKast

  1. avatar Bob James says:

    I think that our modern day, current environment of “political correctness” is, almost needless to say, WAY out of any remotely rational context. Far from any matter of concern for not offending, insulting, demeaning, disrespecting, or displaying a viable predjudice, or bigotry, or sexist attitude, its just become, a majority of the time, a platform for some individual to vent their own “issues”. For someone to take offense at someone (in this case, a heterosexual male)who admires an attractive woman dressed like Carrie Fisher did in the Jedi “slave girl” outfit, is just nuts, plain and simple. Maybe the offended party in this case has a problem with men, or has been the victim of sexism, and therefore has had experiences which have scarred her? That would be wrong, sad, and unfortunate, but to allow that to color or define Simon Pegg’s comments as such is only crass generalization. It’s rather like a woman maintaining that “All men are pigs”, because she has had the misfortune, or perhaps the poor judgement to have gotten involved with one or a few who were. This party doesn’t know Simon, and yet she feels justified in accusing him of being sexist and demeaning. Some people are scared, hurting, and scarred, and as a result, are just spoiling to engage in a conflict, waiting for an excuse to vent and argue. These people aren’t “sensitive” people, they are just scared, angry, and contentious. Unfortunately, this only serves to detract from constructively dealing with real bigotry, predjudice, sexism, and discrimination that actually exists and all too often rears its ugly head. A lot of people might need to seek professional help (that is not a sarcastic or flippant statement, but a serious one), and I honestly hope and pray that they face that and get it.

  2. avatar Philip Bates says:

    Thank you for that picture, Christian.

    • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:


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