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Joss Whedon on Writing Strong Female Characters

 by Danielle Maestretti


Tags: Media, women in the media, female characters, Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Contexts, Bitch, Danielle Maestretti,

Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon has spent a decade explaining why he writes such strong female characters for his projects (Buffy, Firefly, Dollhouse, the film Serenity)—and in the clip below, he gives a powerful, awesome (and hopefully final) answer to the question that reporters just love to ask him.

If you’re at all interested in women in the media, you must watch this clip, which is from a speech he gave at a 2006 Equality Now event (re-posted recently at the Contexts blog). The best bit is at the very end—I won’t spoil it for you. Whedon begins speaking at the two-minute mark, after a nice introduction by Meryl Streep. (Transcript is available here.)

(Thanks, Bitch.)

roger_3
2/1/2010 6:08:48 PM

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shawna
7/3/2009 3:05:50 AM

Joss Whedon is really something. I salute him for making the female characteristic appears to be strong and invulnerable. Maybe he can somewhat dedicate a write-ups about Michael Jackson as part of our tribute to him. Recently, the OK magazine Michael Jackson covers is part of a tribute issue to the recently deceased singer. The Ok magazine Michael Jackson cover isn't going to require an all black cover and no one is forced to smell a metaphorical glove, but it's what's inside the cover that has people up in arms. The magazine is rumored to have the last picture of Michael alive, or perhaps just after death, as the possible post mortem photo taken of the King of Pop. Critics have thus far denounced the announcement of a possible death photo of Jackson, with the innocent OK magazine Michael Jackson cover, as little more than a crass grab for instant cash. See more at: http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/07/01/magazine-michael-jackson-cover/