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Women Vs. Men and Girls Vs. Sherlock

My Great Idea for Making Plain Girls Beautiful!

Andrew Klavan


March 17, 2014 - 10:00 am
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Find the pretty sister.

One of the sillier effusions of pop political correctness is the attempt to bully the idea of female beauty out of the culture. Ceaseless attacks on Barbie dolls for giving girls unrealistic expectations (though, strange to say, Superman doesn’t do that to boys), or virtuous but likely ineffective campaigns to sell underwear with overweight models, not to mention the endless feminist maundering on the subject — it all seems part of yet another wearisome leftist attempt to change basic reality through thuggery, censorship and noisy protest. Good luck with that.

Listen, I don’t complain that Ryan Gosling stole my part in The Notebook — I could’ve killed in that! I don’t waste a lot of bitterness on the fact that Kobe Bryant took my spot on the Lakers. Some people are born with natural gifts that others don’t have. Some girls are knockouts. Some are not. Why, I wonder, shouldn’t women have to live with the basic unfairness of life same as dudes?

I first noticed that this silliness was infecting show biz while watching the absolutely superb 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and PrejudiceMan, that was good. But I found it very annoying and distracting to see that the older sister, Jane, (played by the quirkily appealing Susannah Harker) was nowhere near as beautiful as Lizzie, played by the then-stunning Jennifer Ehle (still attractive 20 years later and an excellent actress).

Readers of the great Jane Austen novel will know that sister Jane’s beauty and sweetness are an important part of the plot as they contrast with Lizzie’s wit and fire. And the show treated the Jane character as if she were as beautiful as the character in the book. It was confusing and didn’t make sense. I’m told that when questioned about this, a BBC executive replied defensively and pompously that, well, there are other kinds of beauty besides physical beauty, you know. And yes, there are. But Jane’s beauty happens to be physical. Why not play it that way? The answer, of course, is that the Beeb is a leftist organization and thus must kowtow to the whims of bossy feminists who don’t like the idea that female physical beauty has a power and social worth that are both real and non-negotiable.

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I assume that the people in charge of Sherlock took their cue from Doyle and his description of Mary Morstan:

"She was a blonde young lady, small, dainty, well gloved, and dressed in the most perfect taste...Her face had neither regularity of feature nor beauty of complexion, but her expression was sweet and amiable, and her large blue eyes were singularly spiritual and sympathetic. In an experience of women which extends over many nations and three separate continents, I have never looked upon a face which gave a clearer promise of a refined and sensitive nature. "

She wasn't a classic beauty but was beautiful in Dr. Watson's eyes from the moment he saw her. The actress seemed to be a good fit when I watched The Empty Hearse.
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Mrs. Watson is cool because she is both an assassin and a nurse. And "Cummerbund"'s parents played Sherlock's parents. And the producer plays Mycroft. All in the Family. However, the original version of House of Cards was the best.
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How lovely. I felt the same way; she wasn't good enough for darling John Watson at first, but within the first show I was captured by her wit, charm, and quiet beauty. Men can do the same thing, you know. A very unattractive man can become a heartstopper to women if his personality is attractive enough. And the best example of that is the decidedly odd-looking Benedict Cumberbatch. Who would think he would become a heartthrob to millions of women?
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British television is not afraid of giving that not quite handsome man or not beautiful woman the lead in a series or production. They also don't throw away their older actors.
49 weeks ago
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And special kudos to Amanda Abbingdon for carrying off that incredible plot twist switch up in the season finale. Won't spoil it, but for those who've already watched, how's that for blind siding the viewers?
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i had the same thought as the string of adjectives rolled out.
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