“To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people” -Oscar Wilde
Allecto, who has moved from LiveJournal to WordPress, wrote a post called “A Rapist’s View of the World: Joss Whedon and Firefly.” She (as if the title doesn’t explain it) essentially finds Firefly to be a total misogynist piece of crap. I realize this post (and her subsequent posts) is old, but I’m in a rage-y mood today and have a few things to say about this shit.
She starts out by saying
“I find much of Joss Whedon’s work to be heavily influenced by pornography, and pornographic humour.”
Well, frankly, I find much of your work to be lacking in things called “evidence” and “facts” and “sanity.” But read on.
This is how I know there is no chance to reason with her.
“So in the very second scene of the very first episode, an episode written and directed by the great feminist Joss, a white man tells a black woman to ‘shut up’ for no apparent reason. And she does shut up. And she continues to call him sir. And takes his orders, even when they are dumb orders, for the rest of the series.”
He’s the captain of the ship, of course she calls him sir. And of course she takes his orders. HE’S THE FUCKING CAPTAIN. Apparently, fictionalized stories can’t explore plot lines in which a woman is ever subordinate to a man. Yes, that would be insane.
The author reveals why she really hates this show later in the post.
“Let me just say now that I have never personally known of a healthy relationship between a white man and a woman of colour….I grew up watching my great aunts, my aunty and my mother all treated like shit by their white husbands, the men they loved. So you will forgive me for believing that the character, Wash, is a rapist and an abuser, particularly considering that he treats Zoe like an object and possession.”
No, I won’t forgive you. You’re letting your personal, anecdotal evidence (however terrible it may be) pass judgment. By that logic, any man that’s ever dealt with a woman who is psychotic should be allowed to hate all women. Good plan.
I’m not arguing that “Firefly” or any of Joss Whedon’s works are fantastic examples of female empowerment. I do find it rather irritating that this author is choosing to lambaste a television show and its creator as “misogynist”, when that television show’s most powerful character is a woman (River). Or has a woman in a male dominated profession (Kaylee) who is a fucking mechanical genius and demonstrates it by humiliating the former (male) mechanic and getting him fired.
Of course, you’d have to watch all of it to know that, not just cherry pick things you can take out of context.