Thank you to whoever confessed this. Are we to really believe that this baby-faced, doe-eyed, Seventeen Magazine cover model is a tough slayer of the undead? I’m so tired of the thunder this show steals from Xena when it comes to feminism on television. I grew up in the 90s and I remember when Xena: Warrior Princess was the most watched show ON THE PLANET while Buffy was just an afterthought. Today it’s the other way around and it drives this Xena fan nuts! There is Buffy merchandise everywhere while you’d be lucky to find any Xena merchandise (or you have to make your own). Thanks to Buffy, super skinny, superfeminine action women have become the norm and butch/tomboyish, plus-size action women are absent. I also think Cracked.com made a good point about Joss Whedon and Waif-Fu, a type of martial art in which a woman can thrash untrained soldiers twice her size while having no musculature on her frame at all, in one of it’s articles:
“It’s considered empowering when Joss Whedon includes ass-kicking females in everything he writes, but when he needs a badass kung fu killing machine, he casts the pretty, wispy Summer Glau.
Joss Whedon can pretend like the ass-kicking supermodels were created as a reaction to the helpless victims, but he’s just substituting one weird male fantasy with another. It’s as if there’s nothing in between “beautiful victimized woman crying while splattered in blood” and “beautiful invincible woman kicking people while wearing skintight fetish gear.”“