For those who don’t watch Doctor Who, the sonic screwdriver is an acessory carried by The Doctor. It is periodicly redesigned but has always been a linear tube with various embellishments (think about the geegaws added to lightsaber designs.) When I first saw the newest design, which is slender and curved, I immediately associated it with the design of razors and other objects marketed towards women by giving them curvy shapes, and thought that it was condescending on the part of the BBC to assume that the first female version of The Doctor needed a “for her” girly redesign of the sonic screwdriver of the “shrink it and pink it” philosophy. It looks like something that has been photoshopped up on 4chan or The Return of Kings to mock the concept of a female Doctor.
I started a thread about it in CS but it was quickly closed because I was a bit intemporate about a complaint about my title condescending the design, calling it the Lady Sonic based on the Lady Schick, but I had hoped to see more input on what others thought about the design change. I’m now deciding that my unaplogeticly negative view of the design choice is a better fit for the Pit and welcome discussion.