Anonymous asked you: In the spirit of switching ages, what if one or both of the Holmes brothers had been Holmes sisters?
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.