"You know what's bullshit? Being told, because you're a young girl, that you can't be a 'serious Sherlockian.'"
This went out on Twitter, Tumblr, and, very soon after, Facebook from the Baker Street Babes today.
If you have yet to run into the "serious Sherlockian" bullshit, which you will if you are even partially actively pursuing the fandom of Holmes, let me tell you this: it's been there as long as I've been a Holmes fan, well over thirty years, and I'll bet it's been there from a long time before that.
What's more is that you'll find it in most fandoms of any duration. There were Classic Trekkies who disdained the Next Generation Noobs. There are Harley riders who pooh-pooh motorcyclists who prefer more modern manufacturers of bikes. There are even people in various kink communities who claim the younger generation just isn't doing it right. It doesn't matter what you're a fan of, there will always be some old fart (not necessarily chronological old) who wants to say you just don't measure up.
I suppose it's because a fandom becomes so much a part of a person's ego that some folks just feel endangered by new ideas, or anyone who does things a little different from the way they did it when they were first in the hobby. And there are always those who feel you aren't doing something right if you aren't doing it exactly the way they enjoyed it their first time. Lovers of strict ritual will always shoot down anything that goes against their routines.
Clubs with any kind of membership barrier are the worst incarnation of this "serious Sherlockian" phenomenon, and the most bitter pill you'll find in this hobby of ours -- an institutionalization of the "serious Sherlockian" concept, locking it in for all eternity for those who don't feel their rituals are strong enough to handle openness and inclusive behaviours.
Never been a fan of it. Never will be. We all like what we like. (Unless it's Elementary, and then we might like to dislike what we dislike.) And that should remain a personal preference, not a statement of Sherlockian classification.