While I always thought that Buffy the Vampire Slayer had many strong female characters, an article that I read made me think more about this idea. The title of this article is "Why Buffy the Vampire Slayer is not a feminist show." Basically the author of this work argues that while Buffy is a strong, independent female character, all of the other female characters are weak and become victims of vampire attacks. I disagree with this argument because while there are many women who play victims in this show, men are equally represented as victims.
Throughout the many seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there are men and female vampires, heroes, and victims. While Willow plays a victim in season 1, she is the strongest character in season 6. The first episode starts with a female vampire killing a man which sets the stage for strong female characters. Drusilla is also a powerful character, along with Anya and Faith. I don't see how someone could say that the only strong female character is Buffy because there are so many counter-examples.
The author of this article also argues that they do not show Tara and Willow having sex like they show heterosexual couples having sex. I do agree that their homosexual relationship is not as open as other couples in the show but this is not really an issue of feminism as much is it is an issue of homosexuality. I think this show does a very good job of portraying strong female characters and doing as much as it could with homosexuality.