I hate Joss Whedon.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1997-2003). i hate joss whedon. let me count the ways. in S6E18 spike plies anya with alcohol and then has PIV with her on a table. otherwise known as rape, on a table. here, anya’s rape is broadcast via video to the rest of the gang as well as the gang of marauding rapists/dumbass incompetent hooligans (buffys “arch nemesises”) who set up the cameras all around town to spy on buffy and the rest. regarding spike, throughout the series, someone will occasionally call him out on his womanizing or generally unacceptable misogynist behavior (like oh say raping anya in this scene and attempting to rape buffy in another) and spike says “hello! i’m evil.” well duh. spike’s behavior is also barely distinguishable (or completely indistinguishable) from normal average male behavior.
is this old joss whedon being clever? i dont know, is this? — the image from anya’s magic-shop rape scene has spike plying her with alcohol for several minutes first, and the scene is shot so that the bottle looks like an erect penis, with anya about to non-consensually fellate it. (see screenshot above.) doesnt it? i mean, this is probably news to her since from her perspective, shes just sitting at the table and spikes pouring her a drink but old joss took the opportunity here to subliminally suggest a “surprise blowjob” to everyone watching, as a prelude to the main event: the
non-consensual drunken PIV rape. joss i hate you!
it would be impossible to list all the instances of PIV or PIV-centric sexuality on buffy, but the whole series was brimming with it. the message was clear: penis-in-vagina is “sex” and there is no other kind. if you are straight, anyway. there is such a thing as lesbians in the buffyverse but at least one of them has the PIV first, as a straight woman, and all the straight-sex in buffy is men sticking their dicks into women in all kinds of situations, and sometimes the straight-sex is even straight-up rape. yes, sex and rape are indistinguishable here. blaming it on the “evil” belies much, including the fact that its completely and utterly normal, and to the extent that it crosses any kind of line that anyone recognizes and acknowledges, like spike attempting to rape a sober but incapacitated buffy whose “powers” are on the fritz…well its for the greater good that spike sticks around. they need men in the movement afterall: when trying to save the world, buffy needs all the help she can get. even if that “help” comes with physical and emotional trauma, trauma-bonding, threats, stalking, serial murder and rape. what else does this sound like, to you?
theres a mashup of season 5 below.
goal is to “land a man”. yes. anya wants to marry xander (for some reason) and he leaves her, devastated, at the altar. buffy dates several men and is particularly devastated when she alienates riley because she was so emotionally hardeded that she couldnt fully commit to him. spending vast amounts of time and energy trying to attain the unattainable man: the vampire slayer’s soul mate is…a vampire? really? yes.
normalizing reproductive stress and pain. [none that i can recall?]
pathologizing menstruation. yes. theres a whole “thing” with vampires, lunar cycles and blood that i could discuss here, but i wont. im gonna say yes to this one, and i will also bet that theres a PMS joke in there somewhere, but i cant remember for sure?
pathologizing older women and menopause/fetishizing female youth. yes. buffys mother reverts to a mentally-younger version of herself to have sex with an also mentally-younger giles; her mom “having sex” at all is gross. buffys mom also suffers a brain aneurysm and dies after a long illness. buffy is like a day old compared to angel and spike, since they are immortals. darla is (perhaps?) the evol-est vampire of all, and she also appears to be the oldest — she sired angel, and she herself was sired by “the master”. drucilla is very evol as well, and also very old — she sired spike.
normalizing simulated/exaggerated female pleasure from PIV and PIV-centric sex. yes. who could forget the episode where riley and buffy are bewitched into having the longest PIV-session ever? including the pornified soundtrack that mustve been gruelling to make, and is literally the soundtrack of FAKING IT. actors, acting aroused, and faking pleasure, from PIV. and since it was made obvious that they used condoms, this is supposed to be all good harmless fun, but many women have latex allergies and other reactions to condoms, and theres no way that an extended PIV-session like this is going to be universally enjoyed by all women, even ones who “like sex.” i didnt buy this one AT ALL, and that was even before i became PIV-critical.
rape and rape culture. yes. making womanlike robots as fuckdolls; kidnapping an actual woman and using her as a sexual slave (this one is even called “rape” outloud, on the show); non-consensual neck-biting/penetration; drugs and alcohol; attempted rape; “teenage sexuality” and underage girls; male violence; war.