Gorotsuki Tenshi (aekiy) wrote,
Gorotsuki Tenshi

On Equality

Excellent speech by Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Serenity.

Because these stories give people strength, and I've heard it from a number of people and I've felt it myself, and it's not just women, it's men. And I think there is something particular about a female protagonist that allows a man to identify with her that opens up something that he might -- an aspect of himself he might be unable to express. Hopes and desires he might be uncomfortable expressing through a male identification figure, so it really crosses across both and I think it helps people in that way.

'Cause there hot. "But these strong women character --" Why are you even asking me this? This is like interview number 50 in a row. How is it possible that this is even a question? Honestly. Seriously. Why did you write that down? Why aren't you asking 100 other guys why they don't write strong women characters. I believe that what I'm doing should not be remarked upon let alone honored. And there are other people doing it. But seriously, this question, it's ridiculous and it's just gotta stop.

Because -- equality is not a concept. It's not something we should be striving for, it's a necessity. Equality is like gravity, we need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogeny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition, it is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who is confronted with it. We need equality, kinda now.

"Why do you write these strong, women characters?" Because you're still asking that question.

Why write strong, women characters? Because if you don't believe women are strong, than you've obviously never met one.
Tags: people, writing

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