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The Scandalous Lady W

Seymour Worsely, by her own admission, was unfortunate to be born in the age of men, where she refused to belong to any man. A riveting true story of an incredibly liberated and modern woman who refused to give in to her horribly entitled and misogynist husband who made her sleep with several men to satisfy his voyeuristic desires of watching them through the keyhole. She happened to fall deeply in love with one of the men and eloped with him. Refused a divorce by the husband, she went through a humiliating trial to make her point, only to be later abandoned for the love of her life, for whom she did it all. Seymour Worseley was finally granted a divorce but had to pay a hefty price for her own self worth and freedom. Although, she is my hero for having reclaimed her marital dowry and adopted her maiden name, Fleming. She also went on to marry a man 21 years her junior. She did not take his name, he did hers.

Oh, did I mention that this is an 18th century true story?

Just finished watching the telefilm The Scandalous Lady W with Natalie Dormer as the fascinating Seymour. I already like Dormer from Game of Thrones, with this, I might well be on the way to becoming her fan.

The Scandalous Lady W (2015) Poster

My dear readers, if you haven’t watched this already, I insist you do.

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Of SATC extras

I just watched a couple of extra episodes at the end of season 6 of Sex and the City— interviews, bloopers, thoughts on completing the show etc. It’s funny how every time you watch the last episode of the series, you invariably feel a sense of loss, even though you have done innumerable marathons of the entire series. Every time you watch it, I think you keep evolving with the series and it becomes a temporary but very important part of your routine, like a secure refuge of an evening after a grueling and frustrating work day. And the extras just add to it. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the extra tidbits of information that these offer, as much as I enjoy the rest of the show. In fact, even more, as it shows a very human and relatable side of the actors who represent the characters that form a part of your present memory.

I feel a very strong emotion when I watch this. I think it’s got to do with the envy and resentment of never having been part of something so creatively significant and the realisation that you’d probably never be due to various factors, the most important one being lack of any creativity whatsoever. The very scenes that you found ridiculously unrealistic, suddenly start seeming very relevant when they are put in perspective with the rest of show, the trends of the time when it actually aired and so on, which we might tend to miss if we watch it several years down the line when the time and context has changed and so has the audience.

But nostalgic musings aside, I absolutely enjoyed the extras. It was for the first time that I actually got to learn about or even acknowledge the existence of the writers to wrote the hilarious scenes that have become a part and parcel of our everyday conversations and also our linguistic repertoire. I was impressed and amazed to know facts about how much time, money, research, forecasts and frustrations went in creating one memorable scene that has a footage of no more than a minute. I felt belittled (in a good way) after seeing how many people worked so hard in creating not such a show but a social trend and behaviour that knowingly or unknowingly has shaped our behaviour through collective and personal consciousness. I wonder if I’d ever find the concept of a single, sexy woman, aware of and unabashed about her sexuality, so fashionable and alluring, if it hadn’t been for this show. Cheers!