Are You Ready to Be Strong? – Exploring Buffy as a Feminist Icon
‘We will never not be fighting’. Joss Whedon
“Buffy is a Girl’s Own clarion call to keep fighting the good fight, and a poignant exploration of how to stay human in the process. As Joss Whedon indicates, this fight is an ongoing one, but Buffy shows us the pleasures of fighting it together.” – Tricia Pender – I’m Buffy and You’re History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was deliberately conceived as a feminist subversion of the horror genre in which ‘bubbleheaded blondes wandered into dark alleys and got murdered by some creature’. Joss Whedon, a self-proclaimed feminist, created a strong heroine in Buffy, just as her mother, Joyce realises in Season Two. ‘Principal Snyder said you were a troublemaker. And I could care less. I have a daughter who can take care of herself. Who’s brave and resourceful and thinks of others in a crisis.’
Come along to a fun panel with writers who are also Buffy-verse fans. Clementine Ford (Fight Like A Girl) and Trisha Pender (I’m Buffy and You’re History) talk to Jenny Lee about Buffy, gender politics, feminism and also reflections, 20 years since the show began, on some of the problematic aspects of the show.
PS You don’t need to be a Buffy buff to join in on this sure to be wonderful conversation! There’s a lot to talk about!
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