On Joss Whedon, Male Feminist


How I wish I’d remembered to link to this when I wrote earlier this week about the misogyny of the Horton Hears A Who movie.

It’s Joss Whedon, the man who gave us Buffy the Vampire Slayer (go ahead and laugh—LOVED it), Angel, Firefly, and much more. Here’s a guy who builds killer vehicles around strong, female protagonists and gets rich.

It’s his acceptance speech for an award from Equality Now and is one of the best indictments I’ve encountered of media pack mentality, intellectual laziness, and the near impossibility of having a national conversation around sexism.

Problem is: people think merely asking a seemingly feminist question, while tuning out on the answer, will suffice. Also, the speech is hilarious. Whedon is riffing about all the poseur ‘journalists’ who interview him and ask the same question, one to which they clearly never do more than type up the answer: How come you write about such strong women?

Enjoy, with my compliments.

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