kitty winter

Happy International Women’s Day!

To celebrate the occasion, here’s some of my favourite ladies from fiction!

Row 1: Amy Pond (Doctor Who), Sephy Hadley (Noughts and Crosses), Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Rose Tico (Star Wars), Elsa (Frozen/Disney), Melissa Chartres (The Last Man on Earth)

Row 2: Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth), Quinn Ergon (Final Space), The Thirteenth Doctor (Doctor Who), Princess Bubblegum (Adventure Time), Jane Foster (Thor/MCU), Amy Santiago (Brooklyn 99)

Row 3: Brook Soso (Orange is the New Black), Nebula (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Erica Dundee (The Last Man on Earth), Kitty Winter (Sherlock Holmes), Rose Tyler (Doctor Who), Briony Tallis (Atonement)

Row 4: Meredith Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Missandei (Game of Thrones), Rey (Star Wars), Donna Noble (Doctor Who), Carol Pilbasian (The Last Man on Earth), Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Disney)

Row 5: Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones), Ash Graven (Final Space), Tiana (The Princess and the Frog/Disney), Sophia Burset (Orange is the New Black), Misty (Pokemon), Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)

Row 6: Bill Potts (Doctor Who), Mary Brown (Paddington), Mako Mori (Pacific Rim), Gwen Stacy (Spider-Man), Jackie Tyler (Doctor Who), Ursula Ditkovich (Spider-Man)

Row 7: Yaz Khan (Doctor Who), Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man), Marceline (Adventure Time), Michelle (10 Cloverfield Lane,), Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow/MCU), Mantis (Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU)

Row 8: Eponine Thenardier (Les Miserables), Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls), Sandra Kaluiokalani (Superstore), Padme Amidala (Star Wars), Martha Jones (Doctor Who), Jasmine (Aladdin/Disney)

Row 9: Beru Whitesun (Star Wars), Nakia (Black Panther/MCU), Diana (Wonder Woman), Chummy Browne (Call the Midwife), Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn 99), Leia Organa (Star Wars)

appreciation post: Miss Kitty Winter

So, the Sherlock Holmes books don’t have a great reputation in terms of women. Holmes himself “disliked and distrusted” them, many of the ladies in the ACD canon are treated like helpless children, etc etc etc. But…

Allow me to present a case for the defense: Miss Kitty frickin’ Winter.

I’ve been bingewatching the Jeremy Brett Sherlocks over the past couple of days and that particular version of The Illustrious Client reminded me how much I love her. She’s not a typical Holmes woman in the slightest. She’s not rich, she’s not described as being particularly pretty, she had sex outside of marriage, chances are high she’s a prostitute (not said outright in the book, but kinda implied…) and she’s the victim of trauma at the hands of a wealthy, important man.

I don’t know how Victorian society would have perceived Kitty in terms of survivorship, but I don’t think the average person would’ve approved. Kitty is furious, endlessly furious at what’s happened to her. She wants revenge, and she isn’t going to be polite or respectable while she goes about it.

There was an intensity of hatred in her white, set face and her blazing eyes such as woman seldom and man never can attain.

Damn that’s a good line!

But here’s the quite remarkable thing, Kitty actually gets her vengeance in the end, and at little cost to herself. She doesn’t get overly punished for melting someone’s face off, she doesn’t get punished for being a fallen woman, she doesn’t get punished for her rage… she accomplishes what she wants to and survives. Oh man I love her.

(All those gifs are from Granada Sherlock Holmes but I heard a modern-day version of Kitty showed up in Elementary as well. I really gotta watch that.)