Tuesday 27 June 2017

We're being stripped of choice

Aggressive sexual imagery is now at the centre of mainstream entertainment, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Lara Pulver as Irene Adler, Holmes' great female nemesis, in 'Sherlock'
Lara Pulver as Irene Adler, Holmes' great female nemesis, in 'Sherlock'

WHAT has become of the Radio Times? Back in the day, the BBC's in-house listings magazines could be relied upon to provide regular updates on The Archers and some nice cake recipes. Now it's got interviews with actresses explaining how they love to whip their kit off in the name of art. Ireland's Eye will be publishing a guide to the best locations for sex shops within a half hour's drive of Croagh Patrick next.

The actress in question was Lara Pulver, whose pre-watershed nude scenes in period drama Sherlock on New Year's Day provoked more than 100 complaints from viewers. That's more than Jeremy Clarkson got for insulting the whole of India on the Top Gear Christmas special. Such is the power of a woman's breasts.

Pulver remains unbowed in the face of the criticism, declaring that it made her feel in control to shoot scenes in the nude. "There's nothing to hide behind, no mask, and something really empowering takes over.''

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