If you watch Elementary, the CBS show that stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes, you would also know that Watson is now a woman played by Lucy Liu and SPOILER!! during the season finale, we find out that the infamous Moriarty is also a woman in this modern take.
Now this isn’t an entry about feminism but I want to write a minute and say that I am quite pleased that females roles are getting better, more powerful and even flattering which in my opinion is relatable for other women and better for kids when they are exposed easily to the media.
I remember Xena: Warrior Princess was just as popular of a show if not more popular than Hercules. I was a little kid who watched both and liked to role play with my cousins. My boy cousin even preferred being Xena because he also thought she was cooler! As a teenager, I watched Alias, a female spy who was both strong and sensitive which is rare to find and that character portrays a great balance that many shows fail at.
Now with Elementary, they are turning famous male characters into female characters which could have been a big problem but prove to not hurt the legacy of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Also, another recent program that I very much admire is how Scandal portrays women.
Olivia Pope is a strong women, the fixer for everyone in this political drama and she is not the only female that is the brains. The President is a man but several times, when a huge decision that he must make, it is either Olivia or his First Lady that give their opinion which more times than not, is the correct answer. There was a Supreme Court Judge that was a woman, the Vice President is a woman. These characters are far from perfect but that only makes them that much interesting and different. I hope this keeps up and as a writer, I hope to be a part of this great change.
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