joss on women

Joss Whedon on the gender inequality

How did more than half the people in the world come out incorrectly? I have spent a good part of my life trying to do that math, and I’m no closer to a viable equation. And I have yet to find a culture that doesn’t buy into it. Women’s inferiority – in fact, their malevolence — is as ingrained in American popular culture as it is anywhere they’re sporting burkhas. I find it in movies, I hear it in the jokes of colleagues, I see it plastered on billboards, and not just the ones for horror movies. Women are weak. Women are manipulative. Women are somehow morally unfinished. (Objectification: another tangential rant avoided.) And the logical extension of this line of thinking is that women are, at the very least, expendable.

…All I ask is this: Do something. Try something. Speaking out, showing up, writing a letter, a check, a strongly worded e-mail. Pick a cause – there are few unworthy ones. And nudge yourself past the brink of tacit support to action. Once a month, once a year, or just once. If you can’t think of what to do, there is this handy link. Even just learning enough about a subject so you can speak against an opponent eloquently makes you an unusual personage. Start with that.

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3 thoughts on “joss on women

  1. I knew there was a reason I love Joss. It's deeply disturbing to see how socially acceptable misogyny still is — witness the success of the last James Bond flick, which somehow managed to take the misogyny of the series to whole new heights. "The bitch is dead" could be the rallying cry for the New Angry White Man brigade as they rail against their declining power and privilege. A culture that makes THAT one of the most lauded movies of 2006* ain't that far from the Iraqi one beating women to death.

    (*given how badly written, directed and acted the movie was, it also says something about how stupid the culture is)

  2. It's absolutely everywhere. There's an ad on the local tv network at the moment where the woman chucks up a ruckus about her husband cutting down a tree: not because she cares about the tree, but because she wants him to bring her flowers "spontaneously". I nearly have no teeth left from grinding them over that ad alone.

    Vern points out another sterling Joss moment that stuck with her:

    Question: Why do you write about strong women?
    Whedon: Because you have to ask that question.

  3. On the strong woman front, all you have to do is think of one of the US's current presidential hopefuls — Hillary Clinton. She's polite and mostly soft-spoken, but willing to speak firmly (well, when polls allow. She's a slippier eel than her husband, that way). She certainly is less rude and in your face than, say, Rudy "9/11 9/11 did I mention 9/11 eek a Muslim!" Guiliani. Result? He's "plain-spoken" and "tells it like it is." She's a bitch.

    The quote you gave reminds me of a bit I heard about Miyazaki and why so many of his movies feature young women protags. He talked about how he saw so many young girls, and they'd be full of hope and energy and belief in themselves. And then he'd see them grow up and lose that confidence, so he tries to make his movies to tell the young girls they are strong. It made me love the guy even more, and also made me want to cry.

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