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Dec. 28th, 2011 08:53 am
lirazel: ([btvs] smackdown)
Someone on tumblr asked this question:

Which arcs, episodes, moments, etc. do you think are misunderstood in the Buffyverse?


and while I have about forty-five answers to that, I didn't voice them because it really just inspired one rant:

People thinking Buffy needs to get over being the Slayer and just be fine with it and stop complaining, WOMAN! So what that you’re bearing this unbelievable burden of protecting the entire world while still trying to have some sort of life (and raising your teenage sister despite the fact that you’re barely in your twenties) and that when it comes down to it you’re always going to be alone, the only one standing there staring down evil, and SO WHAT that you DIED MULTIPLE TIMES—literally giving your life for the world—AND YOU DON’T EVEN GET PAID OR THANKED FOR IT you’re just expected to do it and to take care of everyone around you all of the time (women’sworkwomen’sworkwomen’swork)? And so what that this setup is obviously designed and maintained by The Patriarchy (in the heavy-handed metaphor form of the Shadow Men + the Watcher’s Council) and that your constant kicking back against that could more generously be read as heroic and feminist, especially in the context of your obvious PTSD/clinical depression? SO WHAT? You just really need to get over that, shut up and quit complaining, go back to the kitchengraveyard, and just be grateful for your lot in life. Other ladies do it, why can’t you?

And then when you ultimately decide to tear down the entire patriarchal structure by rejecting the kyriarchically-enforced (is that a word? whatever) rule of a single woman standing alone and instead embracing the idea of women sharing power and saving the whole damn world together, you’ll be attacked for that, too. Even though you saved the lives of all the girls you shared that power with. Because you’ll never be good enough. Not ever.


Apparently I had a lot of feelings about this.

But seriously, the more I think about the show, the more obvious the metaphor of Slaying = women's work appears to me. Unpaid, unasked for, unappreciated. Done only by women. The concept that Buffy just needs to make peace with being the Slayer in her pre-"Chosen" world just kills me, because if she did that, she'd be buckling under and agreeing to live the life that The Patriarchy has forced on her even though she doesn't want it. How can that choice possibly be construed as feminist? To be, the feminism of her actions comes in fighting back. If she had ever accepted it totally, I think that would have been a betrayal of who she is as a person and also of the show's attempts at feminism, clumsy though they may be at times.

There are lots of reasons why the solution she comes up with in "Chosen" works for me. Not only is she saving all of the rest of the potential Slayers in the world from being ruthlessly slaughtered by the Harbingers, but she's also making a statement and dealing a blow to The Patriarchy. She's saying, "This isn't right. This power should be shared with other women. We should stand together. We don't have to be alone anymore." Because I think that if you pay attention to the show and specifically to Buffy's complaints about the Slayer, it's clear that it isn't the physical power that she hates--she learns just how much she appreciates it in "Helpless," and we see her relish it often. What weighs her down is the burden of being The Only One, The One Girl, She Alone. Standing by herself and staring down evil and knowing that she'll sacrifice her life as often as she's brought back to save the world and that she won't be paid or thanked for it. That she just has to do it, by herself, on top of everything else she has to do in life. That's what's so awful about being the Slayer, and that is precisely what she defeats in "Chosen." That doesn't meant that it's a perfect solution--we see the fact that potential problems accompany the benefits of this solution in Dana in "Damages," and that's important to remember. But I think that overall it's a beautiful if clumsy metaphor, and it totally works for me. I can't bring myself to hate anything that tells us that it's a powerful and beautiful thing when women share their power with each other.

so

Dec. 28th, 2011 08:53 am
lirazel: ([btvs] smackdown)
Someone on tumblr asked this question:

Which arcs, episodes, moments, etc. do you think are misunderstood in the Buffyverse?


and while I have about forty-five answers to that, I didn't voice them because it really just inspired one rant:

People thinking Buffy needs to get over being the Slayer and just be fine with it and stop complaining, WOMAN! So what that you’re bearing this unbelievable burden of protecting the entire world while still trying to have some sort of life (and raising your teenage sister despite the fact that you’re barely in your twenties) and that when it comes down to it you’re always going to be alone, the only one standing there staring down evil, and SO WHAT that you DIED MULTIPLE TIMES—literally giving your life for the world—AND YOU DON’T EVEN GET PAID OR THANKED FOR IT you’re just expected to do it and to take care of everyone around you all of the time (women’sworkwomen’sworkwomen’swork)? And so what that this setup is obviously designed and maintained by The Patriarchy (in the heavy-handed metaphor form of the Shadow Men + the Watcher’s Council) and that your constant kicking back against that could more generously be read as heroic and feminist, especially in the context of your obvious PTSD/clinical depression? SO WHAT? You just really need to get over that, shut up and quit complaining, go back to the kitchengraveyard, and just be grateful for your lot in life. Other ladies do it, why can’t you?

And then when you ultimately decide to tear down the entire patriarchal structure by rejecting the kyriarchically-enforced (is that a word? whatever) rule of a single woman standing alone and instead embracing the idea of women sharing power and saving the whole damn world together, you’ll be attacked for that, too. Even though you saved the lives of all the girls you shared that power with. Because you’ll never be good enough. Not ever.


Apparently I had a lot of feelings about this.

But seriously, the more I think about the show, the more obvious the metaphor of Slaying = women's work appears to me. Unpaid, unasked for, unappreciated. Done only by women. The concept that Buffy just needs to make peace with being the Slayer in her pre-"Chosen" world just kills me, because if she did that, she'd be buckling under and agreeing to live the life that The Patriarchy has forced on her even though she doesn't want it. How can that choice possibly be construed as feminist? To be, the feminism of her actions comes in fighting back. If she had ever accepted it totally, I think that would have been a betrayal of who she is as a person and also of the show's attempts at feminism, clumsy though they may be at times.

There are lots of reasons why the solution she comes up with in "Chosen" works for me. Not only is she saving all of the rest of the potential Slayers in the world from being ruthlessly slaughtered by the Harbingers, but she's also making a statement and dealing a blow to The Patriarchy. She's saying, "This isn't right. This power should be shared with other women. We should stand together. We don't have to be alone anymore." Because I think that if you pay attention to the show and specifically to Buffy's complaints about the Slayer, it's clear that it isn't the physical power that she hates--she learns just how much she appreciates it in "Helpless," and we see her relish it often. What weighs her down is the burden of being The Only One, The One Girl, She Alone. Standing by herself and staring down evil and knowing that she'll sacrifice her life as often as she's brought back to save the world and that she won't be paid or thanked for it. That she just has to do it, by herself, on top of everything else she has to do in life. That's what's so awful about being the Slayer, and that is precisely what she defeats in "Chosen." That doesn't meant that it's a perfect solution--we see the fact that potential problems accompany the benefits of this solution in Dana in "Damages," and that's important to remember. But I think that overall it's a beautiful if clumsy metaphor, and it totally works for me. I can't bring myself to hate anything that tells us that it's a powerful and beautiful thing when women share their power with each other.

so

Dec. 28th, 2011 08:53 am
lirazel: ([btvs] smackdown)
Someone on tumblr asked this question:

Which arcs, episodes, moments, etc. do you think are misunderstood in the Buffyverse?


and while I have about forty-five answers to that, I didn't voice them because it really just inspired one rant:

People thinking Buffy needs to get over being the Slayer and just be fine with it and stop complaining, WOMAN! So what that you’re bearing this unbelievable burden of protecting the entire world while still trying to have some sort of life (and raising your teenage sister despite the fact that you’re barely in your twenties) and that when it comes down to it you’re always going to be alone, the only one standing there staring down evil, and SO WHAT that you DIED MULTIPLE TIMES—literally giving your life for the world—AND YOU DON’T EVEN GET PAID OR THANKED FOR IT you’re just expected to do it and to take care of everyone around you all of the time (women’sworkwomen’sworkwomen’swork)? And so what that this setup is obviously designed and maintained by The Patriarchy (in the heavy-handed metaphor form of the Shadow Men + the Watcher’s Council) and that your constant kicking back against that could more generously be read as heroic and feminist, especially in the context of your obvious PTSD/clinical depression? SO WHAT? You just really need to get over that, shut up and quit complaining, go back to the kitchengraveyard, and just be grateful for your lot in life. Other ladies do it, why can’t you?

And then when you ultimately decide to tear down the entire patriarchal structure by rejecting the kyriarchically-enforced (is that a word? whatever) rule of a single woman standing alone and instead embracing the idea of women sharing power and saving the whole damn world together, you’ll be attacked for that, too. Even though you saved the lives of all the girls you shared that power with. Because you’ll never be good enough. Not ever.


Apparently I had a lot of feelings about this.

But seriously, the more I think about the show, the more obvious the metaphor of Slaying = women's work appears to me. Unpaid, unasked for, unappreciated. Done only by women. The concept that Buffy just needs to make peace with being the Slayer in her pre-"Chosen" world just kills me, because if she did that, she'd be buckling under and agreeing to live the life that The Patriarchy has forced on her even though she doesn't want it. How can that choice possibly be construed as feminist? To be, the feminism of her actions comes in fighting back. If she had ever accepted it totally, I think that would have been a betrayal of who she is as a person and also of the show's attempts at feminism, clumsy though they may be at times.

There are lots of reasons why the solution she comes up with in "Chosen" works for me. Not only is she saving all of the rest of the potential Slayers in the world from being ruthlessly slaughtered by the Harbingers, but she's also making a statement and dealing a blow to The Patriarchy. She's saying, "This isn't right. This power should be shared with other women. We should stand together. We don't have to be alone anymore." Because I think that if you pay attention to the show and specifically to Buffy's complaints about the Slayer, it's clear that it isn't the physical power that she hates--she learns just how much she appreciates it in "Helpless," and we see her relish it often. What weighs her down is the burden of being The Only One, The One Girl, She Alone. Standing by herself and staring down evil and knowing that she'll sacrifice her life as often as she's brought back to save the world and that she won't be paid or thanked for it. That she just has to do it, by herself, on top of everything else she has to do in life. That's what's so awful about being the Slayer, and that is precisely what she defeats in "Chosen." That doesn't meant that it's a perfect solution--we see the fact that potential problems accompany the benefits of this solution in Dana in "Damages," and that's important to remember. But I think that overall it's a beautiful if clumsy metaphor, and it totally works for me. I can't bring myself to hate anything that tells us that it's a powerful and beautiful thing when women share their power with each other.
lirazel: ([btvs] fallen from the sky)








For Day Two of my celebration of the Summers sisters, I have graphics! Or, at least I tried to make graphics. I'm still stumbling through learning how to do that. (And [livejournal.com profile] ladyofthelog, your tutorial was way helpful!) But I tried!

Read more... )
lirazel: ([btvs] fallen from the sky)








For Day Two of my celebration of the Summers sisters, I have graphics! Or, at least I tried to make graphics. I'm still stumbling through learning how to do that. (And [livejournal.com profile] ladyofthelog, your tutorial was way helpful!) But I tried!

Read more... )
lirazel: ([btvs] summers blood)








Yay! The lady celebration has begun! And of course I'm celebrating my Summers girls, because they are the actual best.

I'll be mostly focusing on the last three seasons of the show (with possibly some cameos by the comics and maybe even some pre-series stuff) because A) that's when Dawn's actually around, and B) that's when most people most hate Buffy. Oh, and there's the added bonus of the later seasons being my favorite. So it all works out well.

Today's offering: a fic. A Christmas-fic, to be precise. Which I wrote kind of all in one sitting? And it hasn't been betaed, so you'll forgive me if it's a bit rough in spots.

Also, I literally didn't figure out that posting started today until...a few hours ago, so...this is not my best work. Just fyi.



Title: help to make the season bright
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Characters: Buffy, Dawn
Spoilers: Through S7, "Bring On the Night"
Rating: PG, if that
Warning: pure, undiluted sappiness
Summary: “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents"


more here )
lirazel: ([btvs] summers blood)








Yay! The lady celebration has begun! And of course I'm celebrating my Summers girls, because they are the actual best.

I'll be mostly focusing on the last three seasons of the show (with possibly some cameos by the comics and maybe even some pre-series stuff) because A) that's when Dawn's actually around, and B) that's when most people most hate Buffy. Oh, and there's the added bonus of the later seasons being my favorite. So it all works out well.

Today's offering: a fic. A Christmas-fic, to be precise. Which I wrote kind of all in one sitting? And it hasn't been betaed, so you'll forgive me if it's a bit rough in spots.

Also, I literally didn't figure out that posting started today until...a few hours ago, so...this is not my best work. Just fyi.



Title: help to make the season bright
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Characters: Buffy, Dawn
Spoilers: Through S7, "Bring On the Night"
Rating: PG, if that
Warning: pure, undiluted sappiness
Summary: “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents"


more here )

ahem

Aug. 2nd, 2011 03:45 pm
lirazel: ([btvs] b/s/rocket launcher = OT3)
Can everyone please be writing me ALL the post-S8 Buffy/Spike fic now? Because I just read this flawless piece and it reminded me that post-S8 Buffy/Spike fic is currently MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD and also "Embers" just ended and I'm going into withdrawals.

I mean [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy is just around the corner and signups are now, and I would not at all be adverse to all of you writing me post-S8 Buffy/Spike. Just so you know.

ahem

Aug. 2nd, 2011 03:45 pm
lirazel: ([btvs] b/s/rocket launcher = OT3)
Can everyone please be writing me ALL the post-S8 Buffy/Spike fic now? Because I just read this flawless piece and it reminded me that post-S8 Buffy/Spike fic is currently MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD and also "Embers" just ended and I'm going into withdrawals.

I mean [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy is just around the corner and signups are now, and I would not at all be adverse to all of you writing me post-S8 Buffy/Spike. Just so you know.
lirazel: ([btvs] utter trust)
So I have read the Espenson-penned Spike comic prelude to S9! And it was DELIGHTFUL. SO INCREDIBLY SPIKE.

cut for spoilers )
lirazel: ([btvs] utter trust)
So I have read the Espenson-penned Spike comic prelude to S9! And it was DELIGHTFUL. SO INCREDIBLY SPIKE.

cut for spoilers )
lirazel: ([btvs] adorable)
I had forgotten how much fun Buffy Anne Summers is to write. MY GIIIIIIIIIIIRL. And all of her issues and baggage and slaughtering of the English language and strength and wonderfulness. Gah. I love her.

This has been a post.
lirazel: ([btvs] adorable)
I had forgotten how much fun Buffy Anne Summers is to write. MY GIIIIIIIIIIIRL. And all of her issues and baggage and slaughtering of the English language and strength and wonderfulness. Gah. I love her.

This has been a post.
lirazel: ([btvs] fallen from the sky)
I just finished Buffy Season 8 #40 and I kind of loved it madly and I think I'm going to actually read Season 9.

Me: Photobucket

You: Photobucket

Yeah.
lirazel: ([btvs] fallen from the sky)
I just finished Buffy Season 8 #40 and I kind of loved it madly and I think I'm going to actually read Season 9.

Me: Photobucket

You: Photobucket

Yeah.
lirazel: ([btvs] not happy)
People who flat-out say that Buffy didn't love Spike despite the fact that she said she did.

She said she did. The only reason we have to believe that she didn't is one thing Spike said, and since when do people believe anything that comes out of Spike's mouth? Boy can speak the truth that no one else will, but he also says a ton of b.s., and everyone knows it.

I just hatehatehatehatehatehate all of these people sitting around telling a woman (and it would be a woman--if a man said, it I think a lot less people would disagree with her) who finds it nearly impossible to say the words "I love you" even to people she regards as family (remember "Intervention"? That's canon) that she doesn't love someone when she said she did.

I don't have a problem with people quibbling over the nature of her love. You can argue that she didn't love him romantically or as much as she did Angel or whatever (I would disagree with the first one and re: the second, I would remind you that, as [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna says, we don't love in amounts. We love in ways). That's legit. But to say, flat-out, that she didn't love him even though she says she did takes agency away from Buffy in a way that I am entirely uncomfortable with and that DRIVES ME CRAZY, OKAY. If she had said she loved Riley (she didn't, did she?), I would be pissed at people saying she didn't love him, either. Uuuugh why does this annoy me so much?
lirazel: ([btvs] not happy)
People who flat-out say that Buffy didn't love Spike despite the fact that she said she did.

She said she did. The only reason we have to believe that she didn't is one thing Spike said, and since when do people believe anything that comes out of Spike's mouth? Boy can speak the truth that no one else will, but he also says a ton of b.s., and everyone knows it.

I just hatehatehatehatehatehate all of these people sitting around telling a woman (and it would be a woman--if a man said, it I think a lot less people would disagree with her) who finds it nearly impossible to say the words "I love you" even to people she regards as family (remember "Intervention"? That's canon) that she doesn't love someone when she said she did.

I don't have a problem with people quibbling over the nature of her love. You can argue that she didn't love him romantically or as much as she did Angel or whatever (I would disagree with the first one and re: the second, I would remind you that, as [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna says, we don't love in amounts. We love in ways). That's legit. But to say, flat-out, that she didn't love him even though she says she did takes agency away from Buffy in a way that I am entirely uncomfortable with and that DRIVES ME CRAZY, OKAY. If she had said she loved Riley (she didn't, did she?), I would be pissed at people saying she didn't love him, either. Uuuugh why does this annoy me so much?
lirazel: ([btvs] just a smokescreen)
And here are some initial thoughts! I may have more later. We shall see.

spoilers leik woah )

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