Ok, this is a very large theme I cannot develop in just one post. I plan to write my thesis on this theme next year. As many of you know, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is considered by some to be rather silly, because it's focusing on a short blonde girl who slays vampires and other creatures of darkness because it is her destiny. However, as I came to notice over the last years, many professors and fans around the world have written articles on the Internet, or philosophy books about this show (check out: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy, by James B. South, or the website "all things philosophical on BTVS").
Many of these scholars insist on the message of strong feminity vehiculed by the series. It reverses all clichés established by horror movies: the creator's idea was to go against the scene where the blonde girl screams for ten minutes before being murdered by the killer. Here the blonde girl cracks a joke and kicks the vampire's butt! Buffy's physical strength is merely a metaphor for the potential that all girls carry within themselves. On the other hand, vampires symbolize (among other things) destructive masculinity: they have fangs (phallic symbols!) that penetrate the body of the unwilling victim (rape, anyone?).
Just a remark: the show certainly doesn't hate men. On the contrary, they are a huge asset to female empowerment. It is through a benevolent paternal figure embodied by Giles that Buffy can actualize her potential, and thanks to the men she loves, she gets stronger, because they accept her power. I won't insist on that since it was the subject of my last post.
Anyway, Buffy and her friends, among them a lot of strong females as Willow, a powerful witch who saves the world, carry a message of strength and solidarity. Their group is constituted by "thick" members as we saw in one article: every member of the group is an "outcast" from normal society (which turns out to not actually exist in their world). But in the end, they're the one saving the world when everyone else thought they were crazy.
I think everyone in our class should acknowledge the positive message the series sends to its audience: every one of us have power, the question is to use it wisely. I believe being in Dr J's class is an excellent start.
Yesterday was Women's day. We should make every single day of the year count.
Someone made a very funny video on Youtube criticizing Twilight for its sexist views and praising Buffy's feminist message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZwM3GvaTRM&feature=related You should watch that!
Have a great Spring Break !