Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Reply To: On the Objectification of Sam, et al. PART II (added per the request of Terry)

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Hello all! I’ve been lurking for awhile and have thoroughly enjoyed reading the different perspectives. What an articulate and respectful group this is, so refreshing! In fact I’ve been a bit intimidated to post for fear I would come across a bit simple, but here goes nothing…

I certainly agree that no one, male or female, should be reduced to the objectification of their bodies. I think RM and co. Have done an excellent job thus far of avoiding this. As far as the fans go…I personally appreciate the way Sam and Caitriona look, but I am in awe of their ability to bring to life characters that have been with me for over a decade. I have a feeling this is also the case for many others, even if they havent thought of a more appropriate way to express than through a vocal appreciation of external beauty.

My problems arise when a few of these fans take it too far, ie attempting to look under GMT’s kilt while in a druken stupor, or Twitter fans basically stalking every known associate of these actors and becoming personally offended when photos of SH in the company of a girl (who is NOT them) surface.

I know this has all been said, but I wanted to add my two cents because this seems like such an amazing group of woman, and I want to be part of it!

Hopefully this was semi coherent. I’m currently a SAHM, and unable to work due to chronic migraines that started after the birth of my son. In my previous career I was a multi-store manager in higher end retail. When not caring for my 6 year old I do all types of yarn Art (knit, crochet, Tunisian crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch, etc.) and learning to sew. Name is Ami, BTW, I case you didn’t get that from my screen name:)

EDIT: I also wanted to comment on the body hair question…I am all for historically accurate period pieces, however I am firmly in the camp of NOT wanting things like body hair to reflect the period in which the story is told. I also have a hunch that it’s better for Starz, Ron, Terry, etc. if the series appeals to a broad an audience as possible. Based on a (very) informal poll I conducted amongst those I know who watch the series, it was unanimous that Caitriona was perfect as she is, and arm pit hair would either detract or at the very least be a distraction! Please don’t hate me for this!

  • This reply was modified 7 years, 3 months ago by Ami. Reason: Wanted to share view on body hair