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.