I’m taking this as a compliment to Elementary.
Not Featuring A Dude Who Makes Rape Jokes is `100% a compliment.
Not mayo on white bread.
Not a show helmed by a dude so racist he regurgitates Yellow Peril conspiracy theories circa 1898.
Not a show that reduces WOC to antagonistic shrews/wilting lotus flowers but rather casts a WOC in the lead to totally pwn a white British supervillain that tries to reduce her to a ‘mascot’
Not a show that constantly queerbaits its viewers and mocks them for daring to interpret the characters as anything other than cishet men.
a show featuring 100% canon trans and gay characters that handles them like real human beings
a show that turns misogynistic tropes on their heads
a show that calls its white male protagonists out on his shit
a show with an adaptation of sherlock who praises women
a show with flawless writing that showcases how women actually act
do i really need to go on
not a show that features orientalist ~chinese music~ every time joan watson is on screen
not a show that fetishizes lesbian women and has them fall for the straight white man
In case ya’ll needed another list of reasons to check out Elementary this fall … : D
I was listening to First Test today, and I got to the part where Kel is rushing out to serve Lord Wyldon, but she trips and falls on oil that someone put there, so she has to change and is late. Kel merely changes her clothes and starts leaving out her window, but I started thinking about how…
See I don’t actually like this idea because, to me, one of the important differences between Alanna and Kel was that Kel accepted her femininity, and that, when the time came, she even usurped patriarchal culture with her femininity.
See: her attending dinners in her dresses, and being like, ‘sup bitches.
See: her using her glaive, rather than a spear, because it is an inherently female weapon, one that Wyldon, the recovering misogynist, goes so far as to term ‘savage’.
See: her getting involved in the Yamani ladies fan dance, eventually using her body in a graceful manner too.
See: her fighting back against patriarchal structures in a way we never saw Alanna do.
The fact that Alanna rejects and keeps rejecting her femininity until the bitter end is part of the reason why it’s so important her adventure takes place with her in disguise. The fact that Kel accepts her femininity and loves feminine things is part of the reason why it’s so important her adventure takes place in the open where everyone can see.
Sports Editor at The Nation, Dave Zirin
this is the most comforting thing i have ever seen
Albert Goldbarth, “The Sciences Sing a Lullaby”