“No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your “religious freedom.” If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.”—President Barack Obama (via bronx-beat)
Thursday’s shoulders slowly sagged as Katherine spoke, the energy of his surprise draining away draining away into confusion. He propped up his head with the needle-free arm, not looking at anything in particular. Eventually, his voice quietly pierced the noise of the silence.
“They’re… they’re real…”
The moment he admitted that out loud, he dissolved completely, only just managing to cover his face with both hands before the tears started coming out, his body shaking as he was wracked with small sobs. “They’re real, they’re real…”
Katherine watched in shock as her patient began to cry. Okay, so that last guess had been spot on. What the hell did she do now? Her natural instinct was to hold him until he felt better, but that was completely unprofessional. Several seconds of indecision passed before she finally settled on what she thought was a good compromise.
The student doctor walked over and knelt in front of Thursday. Gingerly, she laid a hand on his knee. That said she was there for him without breaking any rules, right? Oh god, I am totally screwing this up. At least he seemed relieved. She could only imagine how terrible this would be if he was having a breakdown. Katherine bit her lip, and waited for the crying to subside, not knowing what else to do.
° Watson is no longer the accomplished and decorated war hero and army doctor, two aspects of the character which have always, in some way or another, coloured the way the character behaves and the decisions they make. Not only does it change the character, but it sends a message that women aren’t capable of fighting for their country.
° Related to the above, Watson has no longer been invalided home from anywhere. Again, this is not only important to the character, but sends a message that war wounds are only sexy on men and that women are too weak to go through that.
° She’s a disgraced surgeon who’s lost her license. Oh. Not only has she had the military career erased, but she’s incompetent as well? Fabulous. There are so many other reasons for her to be able to be Jonny Lee Miller’s Boswell without also taking away the one thing that does make her successful. This is completely unnecessary, and once again sends the message that women can’t cope in fields that are predominately male-dominated.
°Joan Three Continents Watson will never fly. As much as I’d love to see this aspect remain intact, I strongly doubt it will. And I think this will be the biggest disappointment of the lot.
Poor reasons to be annoyed with CBS right now:
° Watson is a woman, so all the gay will be erased. What gay, exactly? The only Holmes I can ever recall as being canonically stated as gay was from the Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and Watson was horrified to learn this. All other adaptations where homosexuality is mentioned have been rife with ‘lol they said “gay”’ jokes.
° Watson being a woman will kill the ship. Yes, because heterosexuals are so disgusting. Oh wait…
° I prefer to look at manmeat in my porn. … I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. I can’t even begin to articulate how ridiculous this is.
TL;DR: Yes. it is fine and dandy to be upset for CBS, but a lot of people are being upset for the WAY wrong reasons.
Watson is no longer the accomplished and decorated war hero and army doctor.
Oh I was hoping she’d still have the same basic history. 8c
I really don’t like this disgraced surgeon thing.
Mfff I was okay with lady-Watson but I really don’t like this shamed-not-war-hero thing.
Maybe they can make it work but that just seems so insulting.
Everything stopped for a moment. Even with how drowsy he was, he felt his heart leap into his throat. It was the closest Thursday had looked to surprise (tinged with hope even), his body leaning forward from his seat. “You… you heard I’ve been having a lot of visitors?”
"Y-yeah." The man’s sudden alertness took Katherine by surprise. Her mind ran down every possible reason she could think of for the extreme change. Did he think she meant something other than the people coming to talk to him? Did he think those people weren’t allowed in? Maybe one of them was important and he didn’t want the staff knowing about them? Or… did he not think they were real?
"The nurses won’t stop talking about how popular you are. Of course, they’re not very nice about it. It seems they think it’s a hassle. Probably something about paperwork." She stopped, and leaned forward ever so slowly. "Thursday, would you tell my why you’re so shocked?"
“I dunno.” Thursday figured he could just be having a good day. It didn’t happen a lot, but he sometimes had good days after bad nights. But he wasn’t usually so tired after bad nights. He felt even more awake, though he didn’t see the things people saw when they were awake. “Medication.”
Katherine nodded, continuing her scribbling. “Okay, I’ll make sure to tell the doctors.” She set down her pen and looked to Thursday. “I heard you’ve been having a lot of visitors lately,” she said. “They’re not wearing you out, are they?”
Farewell, Ten On to eternity The fates be with you On to eternity. Farewell, Ten The fates be with you. Oh, blessed he Who brought us peace. Farewell, Ten Lay down your burden We will remember you forever more. Farewell, Ten We give you thanks. On to eternity You are not alone Never Trust to the last Farewell…
“Okay.” Thursday was almost relieved by Katherine’s offer. He didn’t feel much like leaving his room today, partly because of the medication and partly because of the night before.
“Definitely different,” he replied as he slowly found his place on his bed again, “Medicine doesn’t do anything to me.” He paused, thinking. “I feel tired.”
Katherine sat down and started joting down notes. “So you don’t think this medicine is helping at all?” she asked as a point of clarification. “Tired? Do you think that’s from the new medication, or could there be other factors?”
Woman:I got pregnant because I didn't have birth control and I don't want the fetus. Can I have an abortion?
Woman:I gave birth to my child but since I wasn't expecting it, I can't afford daycare. Can I have help paying for it?
Woman:Well, why can't I have birth control?
Government:Because. Sex isn't for recreation. It's for procreation.
Woman:But it can help regulate my period and benefit me in other ways.
Man:For no reason other than for recreational sex, may I have birth control?
Government:Do you have a penis?
Man:YES, YES I DO!!
Government:WELL HOWDY, VALID CITIZEN. You can buy condoms by the dozens. Here, here's a pack of special condom for "His Pleasure." Oooh, these come in different colours and flavours. Here, try these. They have ribs on them. And this one glows in the dark!! LOL OMG DICK LIGHTSABER!!
Government:But seriously, you're a man. You can do what ever you want.
Government:Shut up, you sinning, freeloading hussy.