The Big Surprise in Murdoch Mysteries: Doctor Grace

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Dr Grace Murdoch Mysteries

In the Murdoch Mysteries episode ‘Toronto’s Girl Problem’, we learn that Dr Emily Grace is bisexual. I did not find this a revelation, but several other people I’ve spoken to since have expressed shock – and in one case, dismay. Then again, that dismayed person was still hoping she would find happiness with Crabtree, rather than being saddened by Emily’s sexuality; I’m afraid that ship has sailed. I wasn’t going to blog about this topic, but now I feel I must.

Being a feminist means that you want equal rights not just for women, but for everyone. This includes people with different genders and sexualities to what is considered acceptable to a conservative patriarchy. I congratulate Murdoch Mysteries on taking the step to include depictions of these people in their show, particularly as the show is generally light-hearted in tone. Dr Grace is an intelligent, beautiful and engaging character, and a staunch feminist, and it pleases me no end that she can also be a positive role model for bisexual women.

Like toilets, menstruation and runny noses, certain things never seem to pop up in fictional worlds, and I like this trend towards more ‘reality’ in my fantasy.

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6 responses to “The Big Surprise in Murdoch Mysteries: Doctor Grace

  1. Kara Jorgensen

    As a bisexual, it’s great to see a character come out on a show and not be the “man stealer” or tart. I loved Murdoch Mysteries before and I love it more now.

    • Indeed, and I think her ‘coming out’ was treated with great sensitivity. Doctor Grace is also very feminine and fashionable, which stomps all over most of the gender and sexuality stereotypes.

      • Kara Jorgensen

        That’s awesome. I love when shows embrace diversity instead of hiding it or using it merely to create conflict.

      • Same here. There has ben another episode of ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ since then, in which Dr Grace featured, and no further fuss was made of her sexuality. Because she isn’t defined by that, it is just a part of the whole deal. I look forward to the day when our society ceases to make gender and sexuality a political and social issue.

  2. Bob

    in 1902 homosexuality of all kinds was illegal. As in against the law. Homo sexual men and women both lost standing in society and profession alike and were, if convicted could be sent to jail. The actual law was “deviant sexual behaviour” Like it or not, that’s the way it was.
    To make Dr. Grace a sapphist in the era of early 20th century and not have the consequences that went with that is a travesty to historical based drama shows. IMHO

    • Murdoch Mysteries are not a historical recreation of real events. This means that we can impose a higher order of historical accuracy, or we can add details to the narratives that add to the enjoyment of the entire audience. We live in an enlightened time that is coming to realise a person’s worth is not based on their race, sexuality, gender or age, among other traits, and MM reflects that. I see that as an improvement, instead of sticking to an unnatural hetereonormative presentation that would perpetuate the idea that such individuals didn’t exist in those era.

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