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Old March 25 2009, 09:06 PM   #68
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Re: Joss Whedon and the blurry line between homage and appropriation

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^Unfortunately he pushes that angle way too hard. I think I threw up in my mouth a little when I realised while watching the last episode of Buffy that the whole point of the episode was that "evil men" were holding back the "true power of women everywhere".
I don't think that that was the point of Buffy at all. Whedon's work has never been about condemning men -- if it was, I doubt that he would have made Angel or Firefly. The point of Buffy was to tell the story of how one girl who is gifted with an ability she did not want learns to integrate that gift into her self-construct and therefore become a true adult. Specifically, that meant being willing to accept the power of the Slayer (and it concomitant responsibilities), and to share that power and those responsibilities, as a metaphor for being willing to accept and share adult power and adult responsibility.

Misogyny and sexual oppression were certainly amongst the many evils that Buffy faced in the course of that journey, and they are certainly very real evils in our world, but she also faced corrupt religion (the Master), sadism (Angelus), nihilism (Dark Willow), government corruption (the Mayor and the Initiative), vanity (Glory), and immaturity (Warren). Misogyny (Caleb) may have been the most recent evil she faced in the final season, but it was hardly the defining evil of the show.
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