Neil Gaiman Explains How the Phrase ‘Strong Women’ Begets Lazy Writing

It shouldn't be any harder to write strong (as in, fully-wrought and believable) female characters than it is to write strong male characters because women, just like men, are people (not that not being a person has ever prevented a character from existing in the first place). Still, the very idea that a popular male… » 12/29/13 1:00pm 12/29/13 1:00pm

Today In Duh, Strong Female TV Characters Are Good For Everyone

Psychologist Christopher Ferguson has done the empirical research, put in the legwork and figured out that Buffy is awesome, which I absolutely could have told you. More specifically, his piece in the Journal of Communication chronicles the results of 150 Texas A&M students' screenings of three disparate types of… » 9/01/12 2:45pm 9/01/12 2:45pm

The Rodarte Sisters List Their Favorite Buffy Episodes

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte have listed their favorite episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, whom they call "one of the most powerful female characters ever developed." Included are Season 2's "Passion," and "Becoming" (the one where she kills Angel), Season 3's "Consequences" and "Prom," Season 4's silent episode "Hush,"… » 1/27/12 1:30pm 1/27/12 1:30pm

Scary-Good TV: The Best Halloween Specials Ever

Halloween: The time of year when all your favorite TV characters don crazy costumes and become involved in totally nonsensical plots, just for the sake of a holiday-themed episode. I love bad television just as much as I love good — and as such here's a collection of the best/worst Halloween episodes the idiot box has… » 10/31/11 5:45pm 10/31/11 5:45pm

What Makes A Perfect Female Action Hero?

Action heroines are rare creatures. The earliest were female versions of pre-existing male heros, like Wonder Woman, BatGirl and SuperGirl. Some more recent heroines have their roots in fantasy or sci-fi, like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Selene from Underworld, or Alice from Resident Evil. But while there are plenty of » 5/06/11 3:29pm 5/06/11 3:29pm

7 Vampires Better Than Twilight's Edward Cullen

Did you see Twilight » 11/24/08 3:40pm 11/24/08 3:40pm this weekend? You must have: The vampire flick at the box office, the top debut ever for a film directed by one woman. And it's official: Women love vampires. The folks at iVillage a professor who claims it has to do with "the erotics of anticipation," controlled passion and the "deferral of any…

"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Boy Sticks A Stake Into The Heart Of Sexist…

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon asks, "What is wrong with women?" And asks in a good way, that is. [Salon]
  • Glaxo SmithKline says its new weight-loss drug Xenical causes anal leakage. [CNN]
  • If anal leakage isn't your cup of tea, you may want to try dieting through "terror". [ComedyCentral]
  • More on bodily…
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