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Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon is the creator of several popular television shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and Dollhouse. He also made several movies such as The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers.

Many people congratulate Whedon for his kick-ass female characters, however, many also question his feminist credentials. While Buffy the Vampire Slayer was in some ways a groundbreaking show, it's now dated and can be analyzed in a greater context.

On strong female characters and Whedon as a feminist writer Edit

Many of the women in Whedon's work have been called strong female characters. Buffy is the most obvious of these, though characters like Willow Rosenberg and Zoe Washburne are also given as examples.

Whedon was raised by a feminist mother and, some years ago, was more often credited with feminist sensibility. However, it is difficult, in 2009 (the time of writing this page) to find websites prepared to support his feminist credentials. Here are some, however:

(Please add more if you can find them.)

See www.slayageonline.com as well as numerous books by scholars such as Rhonda Wilcox, Lorna Jowett, Stacey Abbott, and Roz Kaveney.

Criticisms of Whedon's work Edit

Some people claim that Whedon's work is thinly-veiled misogyny. For instance, a frequent criticism is that many of his female characters are raped.

General Edit

Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel: the Series Edit

"Buffy on the other hand is kept almost virginal and is punished severely almost every time she has sex."

Firefly Edit

Dr. Horrible Edit

Dollhouse Edit

"Me: Have you got anything without rape? Joss Whedon: Well, there's rape, intrigue, shirtless Helo and rape, that's not got much rape in it."

Praise for Whedon's work Edit

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