Feminism and Television: All of the Credit, None of the Controversy

Anna and I had a conversation about The Good Wife and its depiction of feminism recently, when she was writing it up for a post at FWD. I haven’t actually seen the show, so I can’t speak to the depiction of feminism in it, but Anna and I were trying to think of main characters […]

Whedon’s Brunettes

Can we discuss, for a moment, Joss Whedon’s obsession with disturbed brunettes who wander around barefoot? I’m not actually asking for permission here, that’s a rhetorical question which is designed to establish the theme of this post, which is, as you may have guessed, Whedon’s obsession with disturbed brunettes who wander around barefoot. It really […]

Feminism and Joss Whedon: Death and Character Abuse

Welcome to the next post in the Feminism and Joss Whedon series! Since there have been some problems with this before: this is a series about viewing Joss Whedon through a feminist lens. You do not need to be a feminist to comment on posts in this series, but you do need to have a […]

Feminism and Joss Whedon: Contextualization

Welcome to the next post in the Feminism and Joss Whedon series! Since there have been some problems with this before: this is a series about viewing Joss Whedon through a feminist lens. You do not need to be a feminist to comment on posts in this series, but you do need to have a […]

Feminism and Joss Whedon: Great Feminist Moments in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I’ve spent a lot of time exploring some of the problematic content on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as part of this ongoing series, but I haven’t had much of an opportunity to talk about the unproblematic and awesome content on the show. In part, it’s because Buffy is generally recognized as a feminist show, so […]

Feminism and Joss Whedon: Misogynist Villains in the Whedonverse

(The earlier entries in this series are “Is Joss Whedon a Feminist? The Women of Firefly/Serenity,” “Is Joss Whedon a Feminist? Buffy and Female Empowerment,” and “Joss Whedon and Feminism: The Demon Women and Slayers of Buffy.” They are not required reading, although please note that these posts are very, very, very long, so you […]

Feminism and Joss Whedon: The Demon Women & Slayers of Buffy

(The earlier entries in this series are “Is Joss Whedon a Feminist? The Women of Firefly/Serenity” and “Is Joss Whedon a Feminist? Buffy and Female Empowerment.” They are not required reading, although if you haven’t read the previous Buffy entry, you might want to. Obviously, please assume that there are spoilers in this post, and […]

Is Joss Whedon a Feminist? Buffy and Female Empowerment

(The first entry in this series is “Is Joss Whedon a Feminist? The Women of Firefly/Serenity.” It is not required reading.) This is an ongoing series in which I explore Joss Whedon’s treatment of female characters on his shows. These posts are extremely long and some rambling may occur, so be forewarned before you start […]