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Thoughts on Sybil Crawley

Sybil’s death represents everything that is good and everything that is bad about the representation of women in Downton Abbey. It is a hard-hitting, gut-wrenching indictment of society’s tendency to dismiss women’s opinions and expertise, even about their own bodies. It also continues the tendency for Sybil’s plotlines to be about anyone but Sybil herself.

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Mary Crawley is a bitch

This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of season three. Mary Crawley is a bitch. And I love her for it. Over the past day or so, I’ve seen some criticism of Mary floating around, based on her behavior in the new season of DowntonAbbey. In particular, the way that she refuses to accept that …

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The Martyrdom of Lavinia Swire

Downton Abbey has one of the best casts of female characters I have ever seen. These complicated, compelling women are not always likeable, but they are engaging, and achingly, painfully realistic. Unfortunately, in Season Two, the writers dropped the ball with new addition Lavinia Swire. Introduced as Matthew Crawley’s new fiancee, Lavinia is immediately thrown into …

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