On the 4th annual Women’s Murder Club Day, I’d like to kick off the discussion with a simple question: Where do you think these characters would be and what kind of cases would they deal with in 2012, in their 5th season?
We learned a long time ago that the representation of women in the media is not accidental, but very much intersected with political interests and gender ratio in the places where media is made. Fictional characters are just another expression of these facts, and if you want all of it summed up, I highly recommend the documentary Miss Representation. In 2007, Women’s Murder Club and its themes were clearly ahead of its time. It wasn’t around long enough for feminists to find and love it and hate groups to protest it; sadly it couldn’t really benefit from twitter as much as shows do now.
The idea of women connecting on a professional and private level for change in a setting where minorities were not blatantly overlooked – sounds almost radical in 2012 where there’s a real war on women and their rights.
We can only imagine what this extraordinary show, if it had still been in the talented hands of Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft, would look like. That’s what I want you to do. Tell us about your season 5 and what happened in between and, just generally, your WMC story.
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