Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Greatest Legacy

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Happy Halloween! Kick off today’s celebration with this great piece from Vulture, originally published back in 2017. Buffy was such an important show for many of us who skew older on the millenial spectrum and it’s always fun to revisit.

The 1990s were full of feminist vanguards in genre fiction, from The X-Files’ focused Dana Scully to the aggressive and campily humorous Xena of Xena: Warrior Princess. I may no longer believe any show can be truly feminist (that’s too tricky a criterion to judge), but Buffy was one of the many things in my adolescence that sparked my interest in what it means to be a woman in the world and how necessary feminism is to our survival. Whedon’s interest in feminism was explicit, present in the show’s visual choices, dialogue, and the ways it played with genre.

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