but there are moments when the show itself subverts that because she is just a human

In Regards to Hate: On Victuuri

I don’t know what suddenly happened again but there’s a shitton of hate for Victuuri/Viktuuri(/etc) in the tags lately. People are welcome to feel however they want for a particular ship, but I just wanted to give my two cents by tackling the common complaints I’ve seen. I’ll start from the beginning so I’ll be addressing basically all the arguments against this ship I’ve seen so far. I’ve tried to maintain some sort of order for these, but honestly I just winged it at some point.  A lot of these arguments are also heavily character-based, so keep in mind that I’ll be deconstructing several scenes as well as character motivations as I go.  (As a note, this assumes you’ve seen the whole show. Also, I’m only using canon evidence from the show itself.)

This is like an informal follow-up to my super old post but also not really.

No I’m not avoiding work why would you say that.

WARNING: This is a massive post/wall of text. Grab popcorn.

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In Defense of Irene Adler

I’ve frequently seen charges of misogyny directed at Steven Moffat for how Irene Adler is depicted in the Sherlock episode A Scandal In Belgravia, as well as the claim that she’s regressed as a character since the Victorian-era canon story A Scandal In Bohemia. They point to her initial appearance in the nude, the magical penis trope (in which a lesbian turns straight when she meets the ‘right’ man), that she has been made a dominatrix, she was working ‘for’ Moriarty, she’s calculating and has selfish as opposed to altruistic motives, and that she is ultimately beaten because she lets her (‘typical female’) emotions get the best of her. They also state that Moffat reduces her to a damsel in distress in the end, who needs Sherlock to save her life.

I’ll be honest: I’ve spent a little over two years loving this character and considering her actions and motives, and so by this point I’m not sure whether I’m looking deeper than people who just dismiss her character for the above reasons, or I’ve devised explanations that let Moffat off the hook for misogyny because I think Irene is such a badass. But let me give my perspectives on each of the above complaints.

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