reasons elementary is better than sherlock
- good portrayal of women
- new york city
- sherlock is nicer/more human
Reasons Sherlock is better than Elementary:
you sure showed me
Grab your kleenex and assume the fetal position, it’s time for more Teen Wolf! As with last year, these streams are all current at the time of posting, and hopefully will stay that way through showtime. Feel free to drop me an ask if you have questions.
TODAY IN TURKEY
National Protest: Istanbul: 01-02JUNE2013
In which I feel strongly about the women of Hannibal and feel the need to say something. I just read something on my dash about how Hannibal is “an incredibly sexist and virulently misogynist show”, and goes on to make several misguided points that, for lack of a better word, annoyed me. (This is not meant to be an attack, I’m sorry if it comes off like that)
- The first point claimed that Belle Crawford’s struggle with cancer is “about Jack’s pain”. I think Belle is one of the strongest females in the show, in that she puts her own wants in front of her husband’s. She doesn’t tell him about her cancer because she didn’t want his pity. She didn’t want to feel weak. She wanted to die with dignity (which is inherently her own choice). She grasped at the last remnants of control that she has over her dying body. Belle has complete autonomy over her body (minus the cancer), and I don’t understand how this could be seen as a bad thing…? Last time I checked, it’s widely applauded for a woman to be half as independent as she is. Her pain is not his to share, it is her own.
- Secondly, the user suggests that Alana Bloom’s relationship with Abigail is only used in term of Will and Hannibal’s relationship with her. All I have to say is: are we watching the same show? Alana Bloom is one of the single most loyal and fiercely protective characters on the show. The choices she makes are in defense of those she wants to help, which mostly stems from her work as a psychologist. She stands up to Jack when Abigail is put into the potentially psychologically scarring experience of seeing Nicolas Boyle’s decaying body. Alana, out of every character in the show, shows the purest form of compassion toward Abigail in that she has no ulterior motives. Will is forced into the fatherly position because he dove into Jacob Hobb’s subconscious and brought some of it back with him. Jack sees her for what she is: the daughter of a serial killer and a killer herself. And I’m not even going to attempt to go into Hannibal’s perspective. He probably sees a bit of himself in her.
- NEXT POINT: ”[Abigail’s agency] … is being systematicaly stripped from her by hannibal and by will ‘for her own good’ or as an object in his ongoing chess game with will”. I would agree with this user that Hannibal probably is using her in some sense of the word, HOWEVER, he is a serial killer and does arguably use almost every character in the show. I feel very defensive toward Abigail mostly because I feel like people don’t get her. Her main quality is her ability to survive. She helps her father kill girls to prevent him from killing her; She manipulates EVERYONE she speaks to to get her way; She kills Nicholas Boyle when he “attacks” her; She uses her victim status to go under the radar and even gain sympathy when it’s uncalled for. She OWNS her own narrative and paves her way in her own world. Abigail literally exposes her own crime, even though it might get her caught, because she wants CONTROL. Even if it threatens the most dangerous man she knows. She knows Hannibal’s secret, and can control HIS future whenever she wants. She has ALL of the power in the show, honestly.
- ALANA’S REJECTION OF WILL! I cannot even understand this argument. This was one of my favorite scenes in the show. The user claims that the rejection was all about Will and his struggles. Alana is 100% honest, holds her principles over her desires, and makes an adult decision that is not about Will, but rather what she wants. She is logical, doesn’t sugar coat her feelings, and admits that Will is unstable. If that’s not amazing, I don’t know what is. She admits that she is confused, and Will has to accept it. She’s not undermined as a woman for having conflicting feelings. God forbid.
- Another point was argued about how the show sexualizes crimes committed against women. I think people need to remember that there is a difference between an sexualized naked body, and a naked body. I don’t know if it’s my medical/clinical disinterest in most naked bodies, but there IS a difference. The human body is not intrinsically sexualized, and I can’t think of an example in Hannibal where a body is portrayed in that way. If this show was CSI: Miami, every body would be distastefully draped with lingerie. Every victim would be a woman. In Aperitif, the only victim is fully clothed, in her bed as if falling asleep. In Amuse-Bouche, the victims are covered in mushrooms and you can’t even tell the genders for the most part. In Potage, there is a naked female body, however, Hannibal kills her to copy the Minnesota Shrike. I can see how some people have problem with this. For one, she’s naked. God forbid. However, I believe that this was done with specific reasons that make sense in the show, and not just for ratings (aka, somehow depersonalizing them in order to assimilate them to his daughter’s identity— obviously the reasoning behind this is going to be offensive. He’s a serial killer. However, the crimes in themselves are not sexual. No rape is involved, in fact, I don’t think ANY victims so far have been raped). In Ceuf, the victims are men and women and they are shot (not sexualized). In Coquilles, the victims are naked; however, I don’t understand how a body, stripped of their back flesh can be sexual. Sorry I’m not into that. I can go on, but they’re generally the same arguments. The writers of Hannibal seem to go to great lengths to make sure that the victims serve a purpose, are gender equal, and are not frivolous.
Obviously I love the show, so I’m a little bias, however I firmly believe that the show is neither sexist nor misogynistic. I’d love to have a conversation with anyone who sees this differently!
You should have heard by now from the news and at twitter about what happened in my country…
Talking right now to a friend who was there yesterday, thankfully uninjured but his friend had to have 20 stitches to his head. He’s in Taksim still. Ugh, spread the word.