Okay can we talk about how Elementary totally fucking subverted the idea of fridging a woman for Sherlock’s manpain
BECAUSE OH MY GOD
like the one major thing I was pressed with the show about was fridging Irene and then it turns out she’s not dead and I’m like omg yay show!!! IRENE!!!
So I finally feel somewhat ready to collect my thoughts about Irene/Moriarty. So many people have written so many smart things. One thing I have noticed tho is people saying they’re so happy about the Moriarty reveal because they ‘hated’ Irene before, cos she was a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, cos she was a ‘Mary Sue’, cos she was too girly and pretty and Sherlock was in love with her, and i want to kindly object. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is an annoying trope and i’m so glad Elementary subverted it, but it’s important when we critique these sexist tropes that we don’t end up hating/critiquing women who embody these tropes, thus losing sight of the larger (white male) power structure controlling their narratives. There’s nothing wrong with a woman being girly, spunky, bouncy, flirtatious, quirky, soft, sweet, vulnerable etc. What’s problematic is when these traits are presented through a white male gaze, and become a composite of ‘ideal womanhood’ at the expense of other women, and are centered around serving the white male character’s needs.
Everyone has been lauding Mark Sheppard’s acting. And Misha’s. And Jared’s, and Jensen’s. But can we spare a moment for the true thespian of this series, the majesty of performance that is jpad’s flowing hair?
You know what?
I don’t care if being a lesbian isn’t natural.
Its 2013. Oreos don’t have a single natural ingredient in them that isn’t distilled out of recognition. People get their vegetables from cans. They have made cruelty-free, lab-grown BACON. People fly around in big, metal machines.
I. AM. TALKING. TO SOMEONE. ACROSS THE WORLD. IN A MATTER OF SECONDS.
Not natural. Is not bad.
Your rhetoric is no longer a valid excuse for hate.
(spoilers under readmore)