I think Mycroft could very well be a woman thanks to his tattoo that says “sister”
Oooh, an interesting theory. The tattoo does say Sister/Mother/Father/Brother, so a female Mycroft would complete the family quaternity. I’m all for a female Mycroft.
However, forgive me if I’m wrong, but aren’t those tattoos Jonny Lee Miller’s rather than Sherlock’s? Still, maybe they could incorporate them!


Coffee break.

Oh my goodness, I love this!

"Do you ever wonder if there’s something wrong with us?"

└ Femlock AU: The Holmes Sisters.
    Eva Green as Sherlock Holmes
    Tilda Swinton as Mycroft Holmes

Is it wrong that when I look at this all I can see is Femcroft?



fem!lock trailer


This is quite awesome. Great casting too.

One thing though, if Sherlock Holmes were a woman, I’m pretty sure her name wouldn’t be Sherlock. So what would it be?

Oh, my dear, I am all disagreement. Sherlock she would remain, I think. To me, the names Sherlock and Mycroft are so peculiar that they can only be family names and, thus, not especially gendered beyond the fact that family names are usually given to the male heirs. It’s a bit like Shirley in the Charlotte Brontë novel of the same name - that was never a a girl’s name, before that novel made it one. 

Femlock AU

Lara Pulver as Sherlock Holmes





fem!lock trailer



Oh my gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawd!

jesus h christ.

Have I mentioned how much I love Femlock? Because I really do.



I love this, for several reasons. Not least of which is that she actually bears a passing resemblance to male Mycroft, while still looking feminine.

What I think I love most about her though, is the way she is dressed. So many female Mycrofts are put in a three-piece suit, which is terribly incongruous. It is not the what that is important, but the why. Mycroft’s suits are a flair on the traditional, a dandified version of the establishment dress code. On a woman they would look like a costume. This is how a female Mycroft would dress - the bell sleeves and the brooch are a subtle twist on a conventional look. And I love the umbrella, for the same reason.

Cruel, Anon, very cruel. Making me choose between my two ships in an alternate reality. And on my birthday too!

I think, given Lestrade’s apparent heterosexuality in-universe, if Mycroft were female then it may have expedited the instigation of their relationship. And I don’t suppose Lestrade would much mind being told what to do by a woman. As for Anthea, we really don’t know her sexual preferences, so we can’t consider that. I suppose the dynamic between a female boss and her PA is different than as between a male - but Mycroft Holmes is eccentric, powerful and does as she pleases. I really can’t choose!

Headcanon alert! The reason I ship both of them is because, through each of them, I find a route to a certain facet of Mycroft’s personality. I find Mystrade to be the spiritual equivilant of Johnlock - Lestrade allows Mycroft to be vulnerable and, though admiring of his talents, never demands perfection. He makes him more human. Anthea is the complete opposite - she reinforces the colder, more ruthless side of Mycroft. Their relationship is efficient, mutually manipulative and, despite their unswerving loyalty to one another, largely unsentimental.

Lestrade exposes Mycroft’s weaknesses, while Anthea makes him stronger. Anthea loves the Government, but Lestrade loves the man.

Urgh, can Mystradethea be a thing now, please?

I can’t deny it: I rather enjoy Femlock. My apologies, Anon; I mainly used your question as an excuse to make a gifset. I have thought over your question for a few days, but I can’t imagine that it would be any different for Sherlock and Mycroft had they been female. Their personalities, talents and proclivities would remain unchanged.

Mycroft’s path to power may have been more difficult, as it will always be harder for women in the establishment. Sherlock may have had more trouble with John flirting with her. But they still would have ended up the same people, as it is their intellect that defines them first and foremost. Both born geniuses, with unique minds, they both had to make their positions for themselves, as they didn’t fit anywhere else. And that is what has driven them to be the people they are today.

However, were we to consider what the Holmes Sisters might have been like had they existed in Victorian times, we would be looking at a very different outcome. For a discussion of what may have become of such brilliant, singular women in a patriarchal society, I can give you no greater source that Virginia Woolf - in the Shakespeare’s Sister section of A Room of One’s Own. She explains far better than I ever could.