Which is why I didn’t initially respond to it.
Now, I don’t think there is such a thing as an ideologically-sound TV show, although recognizing power differentials in the entertainment industry and working from there is a good thing. I don’t believe that these two concepts are mutually exclusive. And, if it isn’t obvious enough, Joss Whedon’s work (much of it excellent, imho) is certainly not above criticism.
The function of art, meanwhile, is…
Oh, bollocks. I am actually responding to this in a serious manner, aren’t I?
Mmmkay. Allecto is a fundamentalist. She’s the Cotton Mather of the feminist movement.
I see her on Feminist Sci Fi – angry at the notion of being referred to as “crazy,” while completely forgetting the way in which she slandered Joss Whedon’s wife, Kai Cole, by reducing her entire existence to that of a lobotomized f(uc)k-puppet. To add insult to injury, Allecto didn’t even bother to use Kai Cole’s actual name when she wrote about her. Instead, Kai Cole is referred to like an ephemeral, abstract, nameless, and brainless being. Like an amoeba.
Men use this sort of language against women all the time – particularly in art. I enjoy and admire Tolstoy’s work, for example, but whenever I think of Natasha toward the end of War and Peace, I practically get hives. Forget Tolstoy and hives, though, if I am to dwell on a feminist erasing a woman to score a cheap point, I’m going to end up with bloody sores, looking a bit like the undead. And who would want to add more horror to an already creeptastic debacle.
Allecto, don’t worry, I don’t think you’re crazy. I think you’re just a jerk.
P.S. Your continued usage of the word “rapist” to describe Joss Whedon, in light of your requests for people to stop being so mean and whatnot, is doubly hypocritical.