“No sex please, I’m Sherlock”: applying academic theory and writing to your idea.
This lecture was basically about her ideas around masculinity and sex and how she began to write an article about it.
- where do academic ideas come from?
- illuminate process
- applying theory and academic writing to an idea
- explaining what an idea is
- sex in TV
Masculinity and Sex
Sherlock and Dr. Watson (BBC version)
- their first meeting Dr Watson is asking sexuality – normal conversion; do you have a partner?
Lecturers argument: No sex please, I’m Sherlock
- sex is important about masculinity
- Asceticism is in the past – mainly in religion now, e.g. nuns, monks
- contemporary asceticism – for example with the body, giving up food for lent
- Masculinity: might not be predicted upon sexual powers – could emerge in different ways
- Is Sherlock lacking masculinity because of no sex?
Masculinity: in what way are men usually portrayed in TV?
Researched Sherlock Holmes and sex
Masculinity on TV – Interpretations of Sherlock Holmes – other ways he’s portrayed – TV detectives: look? act? – what elements make Sherlock different? – He is disinterested in sex
Lecturers idea: Asceticism is a viable form of masculine identity – she couldn’t find anything written on it so wrote about it herself…
Masculinity on TV (detectives)
- Men portrayed in fixed manner – heterosexual
- Heterosexual males: married (implies sex), employed (power), sometimes violent (reinforces masculinity)
What do they look like on TV?
Sex and masculinity on TV
- Sex considered to be an important facet of masculinity (Connell, 1992)
- TV audiences equate sex with masculinity
- dynamic and graphic sex on TV amplify masculinity
- e.g. Game of Thrones, Spartacus
- IDEA: lack of sex in hemlock and indeterminate sexuality
- does this make his ‘less masculine?’
Ways Sherlock demonstrates masculinity
- homosocial partnership with Watson – NEVER SEXUAL
- performance of hyper-intellect
- narcissism and drug-use
- ascetic and ambiguous
- clothing – pjs on TV, suits, dull and drab colours
- not drawing attention to him body but slim and masculine frame: sexual
- suits are a contradictory item of clothing (Galilee, 2002)
- make body to uniform: part of a crowd
- contributes to identity
- understand asceticism as a valid form of sexual identity
- sexual asceticism is viable sexual identity for men
- not undermined as displayed in other male attributes
Applying academic theory and writing to your idea
- read around areas of interest
- unlikely to find books and papers which directly match to what you want to talk about
- YOUR JOB: make links between academic reading and your idea with your own writing
- otherwise you’re replicating what someone else says