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January 12 2014

Superheroes and Feminism. A Sequential Tart article about women in comic books. It includes a quote from Georges Jeanty about Buffy and Joss.

OTOH, there were no women in Buffy that in any way could have been considered culturally unattractive.

OTOH, there were no women in Buffy that in any way could have been considered culturally unattractive.

Dana5140 | January 13, 13:15 CET


At least, not amongst the main or reoccurring protagonists. Antagonist/villain characters could be a different story, though there's only 4 major female villains in 7 years - Drusilla, Darla, Walsh and Glory - to argue over.
BEB, I actually made no comment on the actual role anyone played. Even among the villains, they are all still very attractive women, per our culture (i.e. Melissa McCarthy is attractive, but is what many would call heavy). I do remember Joss discussing casting Amber Benson in the role of Tara, about how he had this vision of someone small and thin, but ended up with the "womanly" Amber, after Martic Noxon said she was the one. And Amber took heat for it, remember?
I took the article to be more about whether women in comics have realistic bodies and outfits and less about whether they're considered attractive or not. Buffy's plenty attractive while avoiding the usual pitfalls associated with the portrayal of women in the medium.

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