The Mind of Sherlock Holmes: The Man Society Doesn’t See

By: Hunter H.

The famous BBC television show Sherlock, created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, became a great success in the UK and then throughout other countries. Airing from 2010-2017, the show would win 21 awards, including seven Emmy awards. The show brought the books of the Sherlock Holmes series, by Arthur Conan Doyle, into the marvelous modern life, adding more drama and twist. Benedict Cumberbatch, would win multiple awards for playing the role of Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman, another famously talented actor, would play Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes fan-base would increase, more Sherlock books would be sold than ever before and the show would receive highly rated reviews. But as the popularity of this British television show would increase, no one would look into the true personality characteristics of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes would break all the stereotypes of the “ideal man.” and even though society would like it or not, he would become the most well-known fictional character since 1887.

The show would dispose the stereotypes of the lead male role, becoming the hero who always gets the girl at the end, but Sherlock holmes is portrayed in the opposite way. Sherlock was given the personality of a sociopath, a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. Sherlock is not given the ideal standards of how a stereotypical man in production films and tv.

The first thing to notice in the show about Sherlock Holmes, is his lack of wanting romantic or sexual connections with anyone. Sherlock Holmes would always pay attention to his work and to his partner, Dr. Watson, which gives some evidence to him being asexual/aromantic. But the major evidence to this subject is in the episode, “A Scandal in Belgravia”, which introduces the very flirtatious dominatrix character, Irene Adler. Irene Adler would have a fond over Sherlocks Holmes, trying anyway to flirt with him, but there would be no romantic interest of response from Sherlock Holmes. Another character who has flirted with Sherlock Holmes since the beginning of the show would be Molly Hooper, a co-worker of Sherlock Holmes who worked in the morgue of a hospital. Molly Hooper would show signs of bashful flirting to get Sherlock’s attention, but Sherlock would never really pay any mind to Molly’s acts. 

Sherlock Holmes style of behavior would be seen as alienated or freakish to the eye of society. Sherlock would never have a “normal” conversation, always saying what’s on his mind, which would most likely be brutally honest to the people he is speaking to. Sherlock would have some traits of narcissism, but would never take the credit while working with Watson.  The bond between Holmes and Watson is very close, but society believes its too close. In most of the episodes of season 1, there would be jokes of Holmes and Watson being in a homosexual relationship. The stereotype of a close bond between two people only has to be a relationship and not relationship does not help reality of society because it makes people assume that a close friendship is right away a relationship just because they were laughing together during a conversation or more intimately they would hug. This is a problem in the media today, having people be naive enough to believe that there is a relationship between two people just because they hugged. . .

Sherlock Holmes is one of the many show/book series that presented a male that is known for being socially awkward. Other show/movie characters are Scott Pilgrim from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World or Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. 

Angels Are Everywhere

Chance the Rapper is a very popular musical artist based in Chicago, Illinois. He is a strong advocate from African Americans and the people that are struggling currently in the heart of the city. Chance produced his 3rd album in May of 2016, Coloring Book. This album won Best Rap Album at the 2017 Grammy awards and was an inspiration to many. A popular song that came out of the album, was ̈Angels¨. The song talks about Chance ́s life and the atmosphere in Chicago. His perspective is very positive and powerful revolving current ideas about Chicago about how African American citizens are presented as a threat.

The music video and song is going against the ideology that African Americans in Chicago are dangerous/unsupported. Chance and another singer, both of whom are black, talk about how  ̈I got angels all around me¨. This specific line in the song speaks about how Chicagoan may not the dangerous and demeaning people they are brought out to be. When Chance says, ̈Clean up these streets so my daughter can have somewhere to play,¨ he speaks about how everyone, no matter where they are from, all have the best intentions at heart. 

In conclusion, the song Angels, by Chance the Rapper is a true story to chance ́s perspective because it demonstrates the idea of how people are not these dangerous beasts living in Chicago. People are all trying to live life and raise their kids in a positive and safe world. However, it’s easy to look blindly at Chicagoans as very unethical and morally wrong. In this story, there is no moral and the point is that everyone is just living and surviving in the world but it may just be seen in different ways. 

The Incredibles 2 and Breaking Dominant Ideologies

In The Incredibles 2, the main characters are the mom, the dad, the daughter, the son, and the infant. The main story is continued from the first movie where the family takes down a giant robot before it destroys the city. This film has followed the trend of breaking the stereotype of the “American dream” where the family functions well and the father works and the mother stays home. 

The mother is invited by some million dollar corporation to fight crime because the CEO believes superheroes could change the world. The movie breaks the ideology of the man being the breadwinner, and the mom staying home. The father is forced to stay at home with the kids. As the dad struggles to keep the kids on track with schoolwork and relationships the mother is out in the city saving people and fighting crime. While the mother is out she worries her husband is having trouble. At one point in the movie the dad cant keep track of the baby because he is teleporting around the house. This shows a stereotype of fathers being bad at managing home life

This movie breaks the dominant ideology of the mother staying home. The women being dominant also applies to the Hunger Games where the main character is focused on survival and is not worried about anything else.

The ideologies behind “The Hate U Give”

Over time the American culture has been seen as many things, but there are good and there are bad. A big discussion in American culture that is often neglected is the talk about racism and how it is still at work today. My artifact is the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book shows a different side of the story, which is often pushed to the side to make the white man look good. This book talks about how even though the world thinks we are all equal, we clearly aren’t. This book talks about how the killing of a black man is justified by the protection of the white cops and the issues everyone is talking about. This reflects resistance against ideologies by showing racism is still a big part of our country. Most other ideologies are about black men selling drugs, black men and women doing drugs, black men being a danger to the society, and black people being THUGs. Thomas supports and rejects ideologies against black males and females. 

Thomas supports the ideologies that black people are dangerous, that black people are thugs, and that black people sell and do drugs. She supports these ideologies by showing all the riots the black people start and how they lose control of themselves and start breaking and messing up the environment around them. She shows that black people are thugs because of the gangs and gang wars that go on within the story. Ms.Thomas also supports the ideology that black people sell and do drugs when she says in the story that one of the main characters name Khalil is selling drugs. She also supports the ideology that black people do drugs when she says in the story Khalil’s mother was doing drugs along with half the town. 

Angie Thomas rejects some ideologies such as all black people do drugs, all black people know what they are doing and sell drugs because they want to, and that black people are poor because they don’t do what they need to do to succeed, and that black people are dangerous, and that black people are thugs, and the She rejects the ideology that all black people do drugs by showing the families fighting to get the drugs off the streets of their hometown. She also rejects what I think is the most dominant ideology which is black people know what they are doing but they just choose to sell drugs. Thomas proves people wrong and rejects that ideology by taking us through the life of people who struggle. For example, in the story two main characters were talking Starr and Khalil. Khalil walks into the party with new clothes “looking good” as the ladies at the party says and Starr asks him how he got the money for all of that stuff he had and he says “ I took on a new job” meaning he was selling drugs for the biggest ganglord by the name of King. What Starr didn’t know and later found out was that Khalil’s mom stole from King and the only way to save his mom from being killed was to sell for King. What most white Americans don’t seem to realize or want to realize is that black people are living in a world made to go against them/us.

Yes I do understand that there are very famous black people out there that are rich, but whenever someone brings that up they never ask such questions as: What did that person have to endure to get to where he is? What hate was shown towards him? What racism did that person face just to be accepted? How many times was that black person knocked down? And how many times did they have to get back up? There are many things black men and women have accomplished and i will say many are recognized for that, but the one thing that is truly never recognized is the journey it took for them to get there. Another major Ideology that Ms.Thomas rejects is that all white people understand or know when they are saying something racist. She shows this in her story when Starr and her friend Maya get into an argument because Maya was saying racist comments but didn’t understand what was wrong with what she said. She says that she feels bad for the cop being hated on and his family for killing Khalil, but the bad part about that was that she never once mentions Khalil’s family. She told Starr maybe Khalil deserved to die. I think this rejects the ideology that all white people know what they are doing because Maya clearly didn’t know what she was saying was wrong. That just showed how racism is taught at home and how it’s being passed from parent to child in every generation.

Most people use THUG as an abbreviation. It was originally said by Tupac “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone” This can mean so many different things to so many different people but to most black people it means whatever the world set us up with or gave us as kids is what we give back when we are older. That means the hate, the anger, the feeling of being singled out and hunted. These ideologies have been used and spoken of for a while but most never listened. This book was written to all people. It was written to the black people to show that they aren’t in the wrong for any protest they want to do. But it’s also written to the white people to show that this is what goes on in the real world, and that we have a chance to stop it but it’s up to all of us as a whole. Although some ideologies are supported, many others are rejected. We can clearly see that some ideologies still remain out there but it’s time for the younger groups to step up.

Cultural Analysis on Telltale’s “The Walking Dead”

Telltale’s The Walking Dead (the video game) came out on April 24, 2012. Although Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” shows and supports the stereotype that men have to be the protectors and that they have to protect children and females and that females are supposed to stay in the background.They broke that traditional stereotype by having a young female lead the story, raise a kid, and lead groups to safety. Telltale slowly resists the dominant ideology that men are the protectors and providers. It shows how after “Lee” died, Clementine provided for herself for years and even raised a kid during an apocalypse at a young age.

Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” reinforces the dominant ideology that men are the protectors and providers. The games shows this by showing how “Lee” and the other men provided for their groups, protected them and made all the decisions. For example, “walkingdead.fandom.com” says that “Lee commonly displays throughout the series is the ability to be compassionate and altruistic, primarily portrayed in his relationship with Clementine, devoting most of his actions, and eventually his life, to ensure her safety. Lee can direct death threats toward anyone he believes is a danger to Clementine and can be generally aggressive to most characters.” According to “wikipedia.org” it says that “Over several years, she becomes a guardian to Alvin Jr. (AJ for short), a child whose parents died in the apocalypse, and comes to raise him as Lee did with her.”

“The Man You Could Smell Like”

The popular Old Spice commercial: “The Man You Could Smell Like” was released on February 4th, 2010. The 30-second commercial has a muscular man as the main focus point talking about how you should smell like a man and not a woman, but you can only do that by wearing Old Spice. While the Old Spice commercial does break some stereotypes of what the perfect man is, it primarily reinforces damaging ideologies about expectations for men in American culture; because the commercial is saying that all men have to smell the same.

The commercial does reject the idea that the perfect man in America has to white and strong because in the commercial the main focus is an African American. However, the commercial promotes the stereotype that you smell like a man, and all of these great things happen to you. As seen in the commercial the man used old spice and he ends up on a boat with a handful of diamonds. Then right before the commercial ended the man says, “Stop smelling like a woman and start smelling like a man,” implying that all men in the world have one smell. The commercial also has a comedic manner to it so making fun of what the perfect man should be.

These ideologies of a perfect manare now used in many other commercial and not just body wash, such as Axe, Degree, Gillette, etc, The creators of these commercials get an attractive human being put the product in their hand and tell to tell other people to buy it on camera.

Large Oof: A Dissection of Gender Roles In “Friends”

The episode of Friends, “The One With the Male Nanny”, promotes the ideology that men must be manly and not show their emotions. Friends was a very popular show that ran from 1994 to 2004, raking in an average viewership of 52.5 million people. Clearly, Friends was a very influential show, but were all of its influences of viewers really positive? On November 6th, 2002, the episode “The One With the Male Nanny” was released. The episode was the 6th of the ninth season, right around the peak of its popularity during its run time. This episode is quite controversial as in it there is a new character, Sandy. Sandy is a male nanny who is hired by two of the shows leads, Ross and Rachel. Sandy is a very qualified, caring nanny, but he makes many of the male characters in the show, upset. The episode ends with Ross firing Sandy because he makes him very uncomfortable. This episode is controversial because it promotes the sexist belief that men should not show their emotions, or do things not typically perceived as manly. 

First of all, Ross automatically assumes Sandy is a girl. He is quite stunned when he opens the door to find a man. This shows the stereotype of how a man shouldn’t be a nanny or do anything feminine. Ross is perpetuating this untrue and unfair stereotype by assuming Sandy is a girl, and then reacting in a very shocked way when he was not. 

When Rachel is trying to convince Ross to hire Sandy, even though he’s a man, she says, ”so what he’s smart, hes qualified, give me one good reason we shouldn’t try him out!” Ross counters this by saying, “Because its weird!” Ross is countering all of Rachel’s logical and rational claims by saying its weird for a man to be a nanny. This shows a lot of sexism and how even the most qualified person who could be amazing at work, can be shut down because of their gender. The dominant ideology of ‘men should not do things perceived as feminine’ makes it so less qualified people get jobs that more qualified people who are seen as the ‘wrong’ gender for the job. This is both idiotic and unfair. 

When speaking about Sandy later in the episode, Ross says, ”He [Sandy] is too sensitive!” This is said by Ross in a very angry and almost disgusted tone. It shows how he and many others believe it is wrong for men to have emotions and be emotional. It shows how it almost disgusts many people to see an emotional man. It is spreading this message to the shows millions of fans, creating more people who will stereotype men this way. To show developing men that they must bottle up their feelings or they won’t be seen as a man could be very harmful. To show them they can’t be vulnerable or they will be called weak or a pussy. It is entirely unfair.

This is how the episode of Friends, “The One With the Male Nanny”, promotes the ideology that men shouldn’t do things that are perceived as feminine. It is so important to not promote this ideology because even today men are called weak and laughed at for showing emotions. Men need to be taught it is okay to be sensitive or emotional because when they bottle up their feelings that could lead to them exploding and lashing out, which leads to domestic abuse. Men can be sensitive. Men can be emotional. Men can cry. The people now need to accept it.