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.
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).
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.
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.