Um, favour, having read this screed, can one of the lesbian feminist sisters reading this, or indeed anyone with an interest[1], especially those of you that said you liked Firefly please confirm my suspicion that A Rapist's View of the World: Joss Whedon and Firefly is in fact an ill-informed biased rant of the sort that can give decent feminists a bad name?

Because, y'know, while I'm happy to accept that it contains some inadvertent sexisms, that the idea of the Companions Guild is going to split opinion and that nobody is perfect, I was sorta of the opinion that, for an SF TV series, Firefly was actually pretty good about gender and race issues, and I most certainly don't think that Zoe was objectified from the get go. But, as in all things, I welcome sane alternate positions and am always open to persuasion. Just that, well, that rant has put me off giving the positions put forward any credence.

ETA: Well, she's deleting comments all over the place, not just made by you guys but also from those made by people coming in from all over the place. Bloglines gives her over 100 incoming links, Blogger Blogsearch gives her 144 (Technorati proves its uselessness yet again by giving 17). Best I've seen is this, courtesy of [ profile] ladyegreen in the comments here. Biggest point I've seen raised that I didn't really highlight in my initial post is that by declaring Joss (and Wash) to be rapists for the reason she states is to belittle those who have actually experienced rape and devalue their experiences dealing with it. Given a few people I care about a great deal are included in that number, it really annoys me when that sort of extremist argument is used. Ah well, lunatic of the day and all that—she's censoring most of the comments that are put in, and letting some in from some people but not all of them, her journal, but I really don't see the point myself.

[1] Because, y'know, I tend to try to take the opinon of everyone seriously until and unless they prove their opinions to have no merit, and don't really like judging based on gender or sexuality, I find groupthink to be a bad idea regardless. Don't know about you.

Via James (again), who doesn't share my opinion on the merits of the show.
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Joss Whedon's long awaited UK based Buffy spin-off,
Ripper, starring Anthony Head, starts filming next
summer for BBC.
I can't find a press release on the Beeb site, and of course this may be general knowledge I've missed, but all I can really say is about bloody time.

In other news, I did a minor edit to my CSS for my LJ earlier, removing some code from it. It's now refusing to display it, the rendering engine says: /* Cleaned CSS: *//* suspect CSS: high bytes */. Which, y'know, is weird, given that it was working fine earlier and I took code out. Tried self hosting the style sheet, same error, different way of telling me, neither good or user friendly (because normal people wouldn't know to view source LJ, get a clue!). Support request to open after work methinks :-(
[ profile] tyrell gives us an interesting quote:
When asked about the quality of television today he made a comment that "Nothing on TV has ever been as good as (the new) Battlestar Galactica."!
Who said that, you ask? Joss Whedon. The guy who made Buffy, Angel, Firefly. The one that Uncle Rusty is trying to copy, rather than learn from and build upon.

Joss Whedon thinks BSG is better than anything he's ever done for TV. And I agree with him. Re watched a fnumber of episodes over the weekend with [ profile] snapesbabe, and it was great to remember how good some of them really are.

Back home from Yorkshire, knackered, had a great weekend, spending time with [ profile] snapesbabe is of course going to be good, meeting [ profile] burkesworks was cool, trying many many beers at the beer festival was interesting, and I even found a few I actually liked as well, although disappointingly, the cider named Strawberry Fields was far too sweet. Finished reading Macleod's Newton's Wake on the bus up, and am now about half way through [ profile] steph_swainston's The Modern World, loved the former, any Charles Stross fans not already reading Ken should do so, and the latter is proving to be interesting up unitl this point.

Have backread my "people I actually have met" filter, but not really commenting much, far too knackered and incoherent, so I shall simply turn in, work tomorrow.
Imagine modern television without the works of Joss Whedon and those he's influenced. Imagine no Buffy, Angel, Firefly or derivatives such as Charmed. Imagine fewer arc plots, less 'empowered female' characters, less cool. Horrible, isn't it. You just imagined a world in which The Lost Boys was never made.
Sleep all day )
Party all night )
Never grow old )
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It's fun to be a vampire  ) An iconic, influential movie, with sexy men, a gorgeous girl, some great dialogue and a cranky old bloke who saves the day. What's not to love?

As for the quote in my banner? It's not actually in the film. But it was on the movie poster, on all the publicity and is on the VHS box.

It's one of my favourite films. I commend it to the house.
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