“And you can’t judge the past by the standards of the present.”

Yes you can.

Really, you can.

Watch me.

“In 1952, Alan Turing was tried in a criminal court and given libido suppressing drugs as a punishment for being gay. This was wrong.”

“In 1900 in the UK, women were not allowed to vote in elections. This was wrong.”

“Until 1954 black children were not allowed to go to the same schools as white children in some parts of America. This was wrong.”

That wasn’t so difficult, was it?

Andrew Rilstone thinks it’s not so hard at all, really.

From a long-but-excellent essay looking at enjoying (or not so much) problematic things from the past, in the context of today.

It’s specifically talking about the Doctor Who episode, “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”, so content warning for examples of yellowface and blackface, an image of a popular 20th century racist doll (yes, the one starting with “g”), plus discussions of orientalism and sinophobia and other harmful tropes.