There's a hesitancy to confront the thicket of conflicting emotions that are being hinted at... but the origins and the precariousness of these feelings never quite explored with any daring or seriousness.
[Harlots] is certainly audacious. And ambitious. But whether it will be able to pull off it's fine-line feminist balancing act remains to be seen; this show may end up groundbreaking or it may end up a train wreck. In the meantime it's hard to look away.
The show cheekily explores lots of topics, from the tension between religion and sex to the patriarchal power of a culture where men could plan their trips to the brothels right in front of their wives.