Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:01 PM
So for the past week or so I have had quite a few conversations concerning “The Woman”, BBC Sherlock’s Irene Adler. A lot of people are VERY ANGRY about her devolution from an independent woman who bested Sherlock in the ACD universe and ran away to never be heard from again to her changing into a dominatrix who started out as his intellectual equal but ended up on the losing end of their game. There are plenty of links online that point this out very succinctly:
A lot of people have a lot to say about Moffatt specifically making such sexist characters. I am not saying people don’t have their points but (and here is where I guess I am opening myself up to criticism) I am actually wondering if he isn’t just a hopeless romantic and that unfortunately is going to put some of his characters into some very stereotypical gender roles. From watching episodes of DW he has written from “The Girl in the Fireplace”, “Blink” and “Silence in the Library”, there are always elements of love, attraction or admiration in each of his stories. It seems to me that people are very upset because she IS Irene Adler, “The Woman” and yet there isn’t any shortage of love for her on the internet, with people sharing cosplay tutorials. The disappointment seems to be that the character was named after a much loved example of BAMF-ery that has been watered down into something very common in despite of her Louboutin pumps.
I know that other people have had problems with River Song for the same reason. She starts out a certain way in Silence in the Library and then become disappointed that she ends having her primary motivation be based around a guy.
Until recently, with the success of “The Hunger Games” movies, Hollywood said that a lead female character who was not dependent on a man and not showing off the goods would NEVER make it because… well… REALLY…
Because who could have predicted it?
My stance on Irene Adler in BBC Sherlock was… maybe her character says more about our world and society than it does about her, because, well, she’s a character.
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:45 PM
I can’t figure out how to put this together coherently!
Where is my partner in crime to set me straight!?
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:50 PM
Well if we’re going BAMFS….
ELLEN RIPLEY – Let it be known that in my humble, honest and completely always right opinion, Ellen Ripley is the BADDEST female character of all time. In the top 100 greatest hero/villain list she comes in at #8. I think she should have been at least number three. It should be noted that she is one of 2 females in the top ten, coming in after Clarice from Silence of the Lambs. I think she should’ve come in over Clarice. Nothing against SOL just that Clarice had one guy to deal with, Ripley had an entire alien race…
Ellen Ripley personified what deep down I think most women want to be, both feminine AND a bad ass. She’s my hero, she should be every little girl’s hero. All Ripley wanted to do was get home to her daughter. Yet time after time she had to save stupid people from getting eaten.
Greatest Ripley moment for me was when she had to battle the Queen in Aliens. THE QUEEN. The only girl on girl action I can get excited for.
What I really liked about Ellen Ripley is that she was not in your face drop dead gorgeous (though by no accounts was she ugly) but she was real. I believe that she made little girls who were allowed to watch the Alien saga everywhere hopeful that they too can grow up to be badasses who fight off an alien race and save humans.
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:53 PM
We should do an Ellen Ripley appreciation party!!
Especially since we referenced her in the last post.
….. ok… now I kind of feel silly… because RIPLEY IS HBIC!
Scifi-Women’s Top 10 #1: Ellen Ripley, Alien