sherlock holmes and women

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This is your heart, and you should never let it rule your head…I’ve always assumed that love is a dangerous disadvantage. Thank you, for the final proof.

T H E   F I N A L   P R O O F   v s .   T H E   F I N A L   P R O B L E M

You didn’t win, you lost. Look what you did to her, look what you did to yourself, all those complicated little emotions, I lost count. Emotional context, Sherlock. It destroys you every time.

Angsty headcanon, because I like to hurt myself and those around me:

When Molly learns she’s pregnant, Sherlock’s first instinct is to hide it because he’s afraid someone dangerous may find out.  One day, he receives a small package, no return address…but the scent is instantly familiar.  He’s terrified, but he hastily rips the paper off of the small box.  He opens it to find a small, worn toy airplane, and a note:

“Make sure to keep your little one on the ground.”  

-E

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“Madame Vastra in Doctor Who could be considered a female equivalent of Sherlock.” - Mark Gatiss, Women of Sherlock at the Radio Times Festival (x)

Will we get the equivalent of her relationship with Jenny…?

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So I’ve been without my computer for three days, and the genvana penbrush (a new year gift from @tamrius) and my beloved uptable have been keeping me company)) 

One of the many things that could have gone wrong(er) with this singularly badly thought through plan, or happy 163 birthday to one mr. Sherlock Scott Holmes, esq.!))

(ps.: if you’ve noticed a mistake in speechbubbles, PLEASE TELL ME.)

Which of you is Holmes?” asked this apparition.
“My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me,” said my companion quietly.
“I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran.”
“Indeed, Doctor,” said Holmes blandly. “Pray take a seat.”
“I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I have traced her. What has she been saying to you?”
“It is a little cold for the time of the year,” said Holmes.
“What has she been saying to you?” screamed the old man furiously.
“But I have heard that the crocuses promise well,” continued my companion imperturbably.
“Ha! You put me off, do you?” said our new visitor, taking a step forward and shaking his hunting-crop. “I know you, you scoundrel! I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler.”
My friend smiled.
“Holmes, the busybody!”
His smile broadened.
“Holmes, the Scotland Yard Jack-in-office!”
Holmes chuckled heartily. “Your conversation is most entertaining,” said he. “When you go out close the door, for there is a decided draught.”
“I will go when I have said my say. Don’t you dare to meddle with my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! I am a dan- gerous man to fall foul of! See here.” He stepped swiftly forward, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with his huge brown hands.
“See that you keep yourself out of my grip,” he snarled, and hurling the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the room.
“He seems a very amiable person,” said Holmes, laughing. “I am not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him that my grip was not much more feeble than his own.” As he spoke he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, straightened it out again.
“Fancy his having the insolence to confound me with the official detective force!
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The Adventure of the Speckled Band

This is my favorite fucking exchange in the entire series. 

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Ocean’s Eleven AU

Mary Morstan plans one last heist with longtime girlfriend Janine Hawkins. Their team: pickpocket Molly Hooper, explosives expert Sally Donovan, card shark Ella Thompson, high roller Martha Hudson, legwomen Sarah Sawyer and Jeanette Chapman, retired conartist Violet Holmes, computer systems specialist Kitty Riley, and professional acrobat Soo Lin Yao. Their target: Irene Adler’s casinos on the Las Vegas strip. But when Molly discovers Irene is dating one of Mary’s old flames (Anthea McCallister), all hell breaks loose.

of all the lesbian sunny hcs charlie is definitely my favourite like this disgusting little lesbian gremlin who eats cat food and prowls the sewers and only ever wears the same five articles of clothing and her gay guy friends try to set up a Her profile for her and like take some pictures for the app and she’s like “well what if i wore a checkered hat and smoked a pipe” and they’re like “why would you -” “you know for the sherlock holmes look” “who are you trying to attract by looking like sherlock holmes?” intelligent women!” 

The Female Gaze

I think, in the end, it was about the women, not the gay. I think the groundbreaking new thing BBC Sherlock wanted to do was to strengthen and re-evaluate the role of women in Sherlock Holmes adaptions. But that went horribly wrong.

Mofftiss always said they wanted to right something with their adaption that everybody else did get wrong. Well, what could that have been, as Holmes has even been portrayed as a mice? We all hoped for Johnlock… as this has been a reading of the canon especially appreciated by female/queer fans, because it takes into account a somewhat different interpretation from the cis white het male reading. Sherlock Holmes is somewhat ideal as a character to captify female readers - as he retorts to thinking and talking and not to violence in the first place to solve a problem, which are classic female strategies. Holmes mostly employs his brain and not his fists - which sets him apart from most male action / crime solving heros in a way women can relate to (but remember Gatiss’s poem, advocating a more physical Holmes? Making him into a cis white male het hero…?) 

But as S4 clearly showed us that Johnlock wasn’t the goal - what else could have been the new, groundbreaking thing everybody had gotten wrong before?

Especially around TAB, but also before, Mofftiss talked excessively about the role of women in Sherlock Holmes adaptions; that the Zeitgeist when the stories had been written didn’t allow for many strong female characters. TAB was sold as a story about strong women and their empowerment - which sparked anger, because the women were portrayed as murderous furies. I’ll return to this later. The point here is that there were even panels at Sherlocked in 2016 harping on “Women in Sherlock”, emphasising their importance.

So, I think what Mofftiss felt necessary for a modern adaptation was to strengthen the role of female characters. Only, the brave thing then would have been to make Holmes and Watson both female. Which Mofftiss didn’t.

This got very long and is therefore continued under the cut.

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