Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has proven his fearlessness in pushing boundaries to surprising limits with regards to the television series' characters. Atypical depictions of characters that defy gender-related stereotypes have been welcome by the network, but the same can't be said for the limits set for the way the characters sexuality is shown.
In this, Whedon has found it impossible to fully satisfy both the network and the fans of his television series. The unrealistically minimal affection Tara and Willow display has caused upset with the fans of the show. "You have people, the moment Tara appeared on the scene, saying, 'Why aren't they gay enough? They're not gay enough! You need to make them more gay.'" It just doesn’t make sense to display Tara and Willow’s relationship so conservatively when Xander often engages in casual sex with characters he doesn’t even like and Buffy has prolonged make-out sessions with her boyfriend.
Joss Whedon’s intentions were to empower Willow’s exploration of sexuality, but in this struggle to obey the network, his message doesn’t have nearly as much power as it should.