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Girl Crushin’: Gemma [Sons of Anarchy]

by Ashley on May 16, 2011

To say I’m a bit obsessed with Sons of Anarchy is a bit of an understatement right now.  This past weekend, while at a church function/craft fair/carnival (because let’s face it, that’s how small-town America rolls), I see these dudes backing up a trailer with a big black SUV and go, “OH SHIT! SAMCROW’S ABOUT TO GO DOWN!”  Miss Malaprop had no clue what I was talking about– I’m convinced that if I keep talking about the Nazis, gang bangs, porn studios, setting people on fire, gun running, and racism long enough, she’ll start watching it with me and then I have someone to geek out with.

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Oh. And Opie. Oh, Opie.  (OKAY I LIE. I have a crush on every boy (in that show). But Ope most of all.)

In a show full of moral conflict, illegal activity, personal moral codes, and violance, there’s a lot of heart.  It’s a showed filled with family, in all senses of the world– a family you create and the family you have.  At the heart of it that is Gemma, my favorite character, played by Katey Sagal (who I grew up loving, as a wee 8 year old watching Married With Children).

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Gemma’s tough-as-nails, as scary as any man on the show, but vulnerable. In so much, she represents the great strengths of femininity to me– a fierce maternal figure who is also a loving and tender wife, and still remains 100% her own woman in her thoughts, actions, and beliefs.

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Gemma’s style appeals a lot to me, even though it falls in to the realm of “If I Were Another Girl.” It manages to have an attitude that is very Western and unbridled, while also having elements of sophisticated white trash.

Perfectly coiffed Sarah Palin-esque boufs and thick blonde highlights are set against a made up and sculpted face and well manicured nails.

Fitted jeans (sometimes with rhinestones on the ass- you kind of have to love it) and a perfect motorcycle jacket against lace tops and embroidered boho pieces.

She’s almost always showing a bit of cleavage– and the scar across her heart that haunts her sons and grandson.

And this woman? Gemma Teller never wears flats. She’s always in stiletto boots and strappy heels.

Yet, for someone so different from myself in so many ways, I can’t help but find her inspirational and aspirational.


For Those About To Shop May 19, 2011 at 11:50 am

You got me, I have to check this out! If only for the blond boy with the red lips. Yum. Looks really intense, something I can sink my teeth into, and the Gemma character sounds like a great example of a female character. Strength in femininity: I’m all over that.

Ashe May 19, 2011 at 11:53 am

Oh, I think you’d SO be in to it. Especially the tension/dichotomy between Tara (yummy blond’s love interest) and Gemma. There’s so much tension and history between them… and so many similarities. It’s also interesting because there’s a featured woman who owns & runs a porn studio… which I find interesting because she was originally IN porn, but saw it as the way of being in control, treating the girls a certain way ,etc.

Sarah Von May 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Awesome! I think it’s so lovely and interesting to find fashion-icons-of-sorts who are outside of our normal realm. I spent a good part of the 90s being obsessed with Tank Girl and That Orange Haired Girl From The Fifth Element. And I was obsessed with them while wearing lots of overhauls and cut off sweaters.

Ashe May 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

Oh, Leelo? Something like that… I LOVED her. Still haven’t seen tank girl though… my 90s were spent in stirrups and white scrunchy socks D:

Marzipan May 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

OhMYgahhhhh – I love SOA. Love! LOVE! So glad you wrote this post, I didn’t think I could like you any more than I already did ;)

elie May 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Gah, another one of those times I’m bummed to no longer have cable. I love Katey Sagal, and am happy to see that she’s playing a badass lady. She is LEELA afterall!

Kat @ Black Gardenia May 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

OMG, wait till you get to Season 3… its wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. Kurt Sutter really goes the distance and Katey Sagal totally deserved the Golden Globe. I just wish the Emmys would take notice!

Ashe May 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I’m so excited to! The computer we have hooked up to the tv is dead right now, so it’s KILLING ME.

When I was looking for images, I was seeing a LOT about how KS should have gotten a nomination– the whole show should have. So sad that they’re being overlooked….

Jamillah May 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Hahahahaha, you could totally talk to my bf about Sons of Anarchy. He LOVES LOVES LOVES it.

Ashe May 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Oh man, me and the Beau watch it together! It’s so much fun…. and he doesn’t seem to get too sad over the fact I drool over all the dudes.

Josie May 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

I LOOOVE this show! I have to agree that Gemma is my favorite character.

Ashe May 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

She’s so good! There’s just so much strength, depth, and vulnerability to her… and I love that in a show focused on men, those men all appreciate what she brings to their lives…

Kat @ Black Gardenia May 16, 2011 at 10:11 am

I absolutely love this show! I agree with you completely about Gemma… and Opie! The writing is fantastic and the stories are wonderfully acted despite them being sometimes gruesome to watch. Thank you so much for doing a post on Gemma’s style. I always thought the costume designer did a fabulous job augmenting the stories with the actor’s clothes. Especially on the women. Tara is the one who I think is most interesting… having to walk a line between professional, bad-ass, and old lady. LOVE IT! Cheers!

Ashe May 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I JUST finished Season 2 and I kept going “Oh man! Oh man! Tara’s turning in to Gemma!” When they were on lockdown the two were standing next to each other… hair bouffed, tight tanks, leather coats… I’ve always thought Gemma was threatened by Tara because she saw her younger self in her… and I think that’s what Tara disliked her too. Once they embraced it? Oh man. SO GOOD.

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