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Examples Of Misogyny In The BBC Sherlock Tv Series

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Hello Everyone! In today’s vlog I would like to talk about misogyny in the BBC Sherlock Tv Series. For those who don’t know this already; BBC’s Sherlock is based off the Sherlock Holmes books written by Arthur Conan Doyle in the late 1800s. The show and the books are about Sherlock Holmes who is a detective mastermind and solves crimes with his friend, Doctor John Watson. Steven Moffat is one of the two main writers for BBC’s Sherlock, and he is also the writer for the episodes I will be discussing today. In this vlog, I’ll be focusing on the first two seasons of the show as they have better examples.

While Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories prominently featured Holmes and Dr. Watson, with hardly any mention of women (excluding A Scandal in Bohemia), this was due to the context in which the series was written and placed, in the Victorian Era. The
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The caters to the whims of the pathetic emphasises her lack of control; she is almost seen as a servant to others, fulfilling their desires when needed. In the TV series, she is under Moriarty’s thumb, which deviates from the books where she at least had power over what she did for a living. All of these factors in Moffat’s version of Irene Adler reflect his attitude towards women and how they are not equal to men, and are somehow lesser.

While in the book, Irene Adler is her own character with her own intellectual prowess, she loses all of this agency in the show. Her character is almost entirely rewritten to show viewers the complexities of her and Sherlock’s relationship, but by doing this, Moffat failed to give her character depth. It’s explicitly mentioned that she is a lesbian, but somehow she finds herself obsessed with Sherlock by the end of the episode, and that crush on Sherlock is what ultimately leads to her
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