I think that it’s quite fitting that on International Women’s Day I finished my rewatch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy is in no way a perfect feminist show but Buffy will forever remain a heroine that I look up and admire. In my darkest days I will always know that I can do it not because Buffy could but because Buffy did. She did everything one could ever imagine and she did it in a pair of fabulous shoes.
She is not a perfect person and that’s why I look up to her. Feminism is about accepting everyone’s choices over their life, their gender, their partners, their clothing. It’s about accepting love and agency while also accepting the consequences of those choices. It’s about the desire to live in a world where what you do matters, not who you are. It’s about taking a step each day in a world that accepts your right to make those choices as it would anyone else.
Buffy is the person I aspire to be just as are the people who surround her, who fight next to her, who change for themselves and not for her, who fight for a better world that is filled with choice.reblog
I’ve been watching buffy for the first time in a while and rewatched the episodes from The Body to Bargaining and I really think they’re some of the best. I didn’t cry in The Body but when angel came to see her I cried horrible ugly tears that wouldn’t stop as I did at the end of The Gift. Also, the Buffybot is one of my favorite characters. SMG shows such incredible skill and range in these episodes it’s truly tremendous.
On another note, all my Buffy binge watching has made me crave Buffy fic though the selection has left me sad. I’ll always ship Buffy/Angel/Spike first but I enjoy reading the pairings on their own. Unfortunately, baring a few I’d read several years back, none of them seem to take into account any of the destructive passion that was present mid season 6 pre-rape and pre-wedding where (in my opinion) Spuffy had the most potential and all seem to be post season 7 and post-AtS when the Scooby gang is broken up which makes me sad. Spike and Buffy’s relationship in season 7 is very weathered but I think it’s a mistake to assume that that’s their relationship at the best it ever could be. The healthiest relationship for them, in my opinion, would be for them to find to reinject that passion and to control it and have fun with it. So much of season 7 is about Buffy accepting the darkness that had plagued her in season 6 and I’d love more fics to accept the darker elements of their relationship and show how a healthy relationship cn take advantage of those feelings.
There are some that happen after the series that work well but I find that they often lack the normal life to go alongside it. All the characters so often seem to be missing the darkness that the series explored so well.
In view of all of that, any recs (with any of the four permutations of the pairing)?reblog
reblog““I always thought what Russell [T Davies] did in Doctor Who was extremely ground breaking in a slightly more subversive way than it looked like. It never occurred to me that it was too on the nose, what he did brilliantly was incidentally gay characters obviously as well as some more in your face ones. One of my favourite stories is Gridlock, there’s an elderly couple of ladies who are together and it just sort of passes by and that’s the way - softly, softly. That’s how the revolution happens as it were, you just become aware that people are incidentally gay. I think when the day comes that you have a big detective show where the first half hour was this man at work and he’s a maverick and all the usual things and then we went home and his boyfriend says, ‘Are you alright?’ it was just a thing, then something genuinely changed. I think the problem still is it becomes the issue. I think the thing with gay characters is that it has to be an issue as opposed to being part of everyday life, which of course as we all know is what it is.””
— Mark Gatiss in an interview in Gay Times, February 2012
This is engraved on my heart. I will do this thing.
Sometimes I wonder idly if Sherlock is actually the product of a vast compromise between Gatiss and Moffat.
Me too. And sometimes it walks the line beautifully, and sometimes the two sides cancel each other out and fall in a hole.