Josh Whedon, the creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," did an interview where he was asked, "So why do you write strong female characters?"
He replied, "Because you're still asking me that question."
This became one of Whedon's most famous quotes and really reflects the nature of "Buffy." Buffy's gender never seems to be a focus of the show. As a huge "Buffy" fan, there has never been a moment while watching the show where I've connected any of her actions to her gender in either a sexist or empowering way. Buffy is just Buffy to me.
Then again, a boy watching the show may not have related to the character in the same way.
However, Whedon's quote does speak directly to our class and society in general.
Whedon's response to the reporter's question is such a powerful statement. Will there ever be a time in which the gender of a superhero or lead character won't be relevant?
But why is that? Is it because women are "inherently unequal" to men? Or is it because equality and feminism are so heavily focused on? Do the feminism and equality movements just fuel the idea that women should be viewed differently than men?
Why do people think it's so unusual for Whedon to write strong female characters? Buffy is not the first strong female lead character, or superhero for that matter.
In terms of our class, we talk a lot about the sexism, empowerment, and gender of the characters we study, and less about their actual story and other characteristics. If our class was about superheroes in general, do you think we would focus so much on the sexism? Would we consider male and female superheroes equally, or would we just discuss the impact gender has on the females?
I'm definitely interested in hearing what you guys have to say. Do you think that feminism fuels inequality? Do you think that since we "focus" so much on women superheroes in class that it takes away from their actual character?
I'm not sure what my opinion is on this whole thing, but Whedon's quote definitely speaks to me and makes me think!