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Date Posted: 14:52:50 07/25/06 Tue
Author: manwitch
Subject: Re: Joss Whedon: Woman Hater?
In reply to: Darby 's message, "Joss Whedon: Woman Hater?" on 13:44:22 07/21/06 Fri

Not everyone knows how to read literature. Some people read the denotation and get upset about what happened to who they liked and what not. I think this blogger falls into that category.

Buffy is a single work, not 144 separate ones. Its about its protagonist, and her development. What happens to Tara serves a function in the progression of that development. What Willow does to Tara, Tara's death, Anya's choice to remain human, YES! that belongs in there if you want to criticize Joss's treatment (characterizationwise) of women. DEATH is the definition of our humanity, baby. Anya had the choice to be immortal, unrepentant, vengeful. But she CHOSE to suffer and die. Certainly one of the most heroic and ennobling acts ever committed in the Buffyverse. OF COURSE SHE'S GOING TO DIE. You know that the SECOND she makes the choice. That is, in fact, the exact choice that she made. Her death is a beautiful statement about humanity, and it is a metaphor for Buffy's humanity at the same moment. It is just ridiculous and childish to see it as negative in any way. Sad, sure. I like Anya. But I get it.

The blogger declines to go in depth into Buffy because it could not possibly support her ridiculous conclusion to do so. She's angry that in something she hasn't seen yet a character that she likes behaves in a way she wished weren't so. And she extrapolates from that Joss's inability to write strong women characters. Her evidence on Joyce is that Joyce gets cancer? People get cancer. Joyce's moments of weakness are in Ted, and Crush, and Dead Man's Party, not in Season 5. And even so, its not Joyce, the vampire slayers mother. Its about Buffy, in the face of Joyce's death.

Whatever. I just get tired of people who CLEARLY can't read telling us what "the author" thinks on issues.

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