Not only does her [Irene’s] introduction closely match Sherlock’s, but there’s the very important matter of her client. They could have easily made her client a man, and for many writers that would have been the default, and yet her client is a woman. They’re setting her up as a lesbian long before she tells us that herself. And since she parallels Sherlock, they’re reinforcing his sexuality as well. They’re both gay.
Rebekah ( @softsons) in TJLC Explained: [Episode 13] A Scandal in Belgravia (x)
I’ve not finished watching all of this episode, but I can already tell I’ll be quoting more gems from it. <3 I love the mention of Rebekah’s that if you ever think Irene and Sherlock are attracted to each other, that’s down to heteronormativity ‘tricking’ you. A Scandal in Belgravia used to be an episode that really confused me, but after many rewatches, it’s one of my absolute favourites. It’s meant to be challenging, you have to work to see the true story underneath the initial assumptions. As Irene Adler says: