July 16, 2015 at 8:51 pm #2251
Okay, ladies, I’m about to stir the pot with a little Adventure Diva debate:
What do you get when you turn James Bond into a woman? In this case, 1920’s fictional Aussie sleuth, Phryne Fisher, and attempts to ban her from network television.
Where Bond is considered a man’s man, a suave and almost universal role model for men of adventure, lauded for his bedroom prowess, you might be surprised to learn what happens when you flip the gender switch.
While I love historical dramas and the headier, cerebral stuff, there are times a girl just wants to have a guilty little Adventure Diva pleasure lined up. Having just finished watching through to the end of season 3 of the indelibly fun, witty sleeper from down-under, “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries“, I’m hooked, but I was shocked to learn about the herculean battles that ensued to even get it on the air.
The Gender Flip, and Flap …
Has a James Bond movie ever once been banned from theatres or subsequent airing on a television network because of his rather colourful appetites after hours?
On the contrary. It’s a celebrated hallmark of his appeal. Recognizing the brand power of the “Bond Girls” pretty much sums that one up.
Not the case when our hero is a heroine. While the mass appeal of lead actress, Essie Davis, and her “sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting in injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit” went completely unquestioned, the party nearly ended at her character’s Bond-style antics after-hours.
So why the double standard?
The show is smart, funny, and certainly entertaining. It has a bumper crop of strong female characters, loads of chemistry, and a veritable buffet of adventures. And yet, the brakes go on, full stop, the moment we come screaming up to that morale cliff edge.
Don’t misconstrue this as an endorsement for risky behaviour. That couldn’t be further from my point. I simply find myself both curious and more than a little bit befuddled by the double standard here.
Want to Decide for Yourself?
If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching this little romp, the first two seasons have finally hit Netflix here in Canada.
(If you don’t subscribe to Netflix, they generally offer the first month free with no obligation, so it’s an easy gateway to check Miss Fisher out).
It’s Your Dime!
I’d be interested in hearing what other’s think about this gender-flapped dilemma. Why all the fuss? Put your elbows on the kitchen table and let’s talk about it!
Go ahead and tuck a reply in below …
July 19, 2015 at 6:53 pm #2256
I wanted to watch at least one episode before responding – I loved it! Thanks for the recommendation Sue. It is definitely not the norm to have a female-centric cast of intelligent, clever, fearless women. I thought it was very well presented, and entertaining.
It’s funny – my husband and I have a similar conversation quite often, as he is a sports (mostly cycling) enthusiast and the subject of women wanting equal pay to men when competing comes up a lot. Also it has been in the news recently with the US womens soccer World Cup win. They make drastically less money than their male counterparts, but they had a much more successful year. Why?
My husband I thought has a valid viewpoint. He doesn’t think that women support other women enough. Much of the seats at the womens’ soccer games were empty. But mens games sell out, and I believe this to be true with other womens sports – golf, basketball, cycling. The ladies just don’t bring out the crowds. And I don’t know why.
Now, I’m not a sporty person so I don’t know that I’ve ever voluntarily paid to watch any sporting event! So I don’t really have an explanation. But I would think that girls would want to see other girls excel in the sports that they enjoy watching. I don’t know why they aren’t in big numbers. I can’t explain it.
Is it the same with tv and movies? Will women generally not go to the movies where other women are the main stars? Does it all come down to money with the studios and networks, and they just won’t invest where they don’t see a return?
I have a general feeling – but really no cold hard facts – that this is true. That women don’t for whatever reason spend their dollars to be entertained by women and I have no explanation why this is. Because I feel like we especially should do just the opposite and support women’s entertainment and sport and women’s causes in general.
I recently took my 11 year-old daughter to a Taylor Swift concert – her first one. Yes, it was a great performance and a fun time. But more than that what I took away from it was Taylor’s message to girls. The sold-out stadium audience was mainly moms and daughters. Taylor spoke a lot about having girlfriends and supporting them and them supporting you, and ignoring the haters, and in loving yourself. I actually teared up a few of the times she spoke – it was very moving! Maybe the younger generation of women will be more supportive of each other. Maybe more women are reaching positions of power and influence all the time, and will then influence our entertainment and our news stories to show women and girls as equals to men. I definitely don’t think we’re there.
July 19, 2015 at 6:57 pm #2257
Oh. Random side topic: If you’re looking for a new Netflix binge, I highly recommend “Derek”, which I discovered completely by accident. I thought it was silly and witty and poignant. With a bit of raunchy thrown in there too. 🙂 I am currently experiencing Derek withdrawals and I think Miss Fisher will nicely fill my time. I’m going to keep watching!
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