Posted by: Amelia | June 13, 2007

Strong Women, Characters

I’ll admit, this post is mostly an excuse to re-broadcast Joss Whedon’s awesome Equality Now speech for the umpteenth time (see below). Whedon, the creator of the Buffy and Firefly universes, has been lauded ad nauseum for his pro-woman storytelling and complex female characters. Google ‘Joss Whedon’ and ‘feminism’ and you’ll find more than enough entries attesting to his feminist ideals (see also Joss’s hard-hitting reaction to the murder of Dua Khalil and the pervasiveness of violence against women on film).

Whedon’s rabid fan base was probably fairly progressive even before it fell under the Joss spell (I certainly count myself among the fangirl ranks). Still, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty by combining enthusiasm for the cult hits with pro-feminist charitable endeavors, the latest of which is Can’t Stop the Serenity. The event is actually a worldwide series of screenings of Serenity (the Firefly movie) next week for Whedon’s birthday. The proceeds go to Equality Now, an organization involved in international advocacy for women’s rights. I’m going to one of the screenings at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse along with all the other DC browncoats.

And now, that speech:

“So, why do you write these strong women characters?

Because equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity, we need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and women who’s confronted with it. We need equality, kinda now.”



  1. Well, I’m not sure what is, and is not, “part of the human condition,” but Joss is doing a good job of combating misogyny and prejudice.

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