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    Another Reason to Love Joss Whedon
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  • Published: Jan 9th, 2008

Joss Whedon is well known as the creator writer, director and executive producer of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. He also wrote and directed Serenity, based on his television series Firefly.

Mr. Whedon was honored at a 2006 Equality Now event, an organization that fights for international human rights.  Founded by Jessica Neuwirth who was inspired by Lee Stearns, Joss Whedon’s mother. I was compelled to share it with you when Marisa pointed it out to me tonight after we had an intense conversation about human rights and equality.

Joss mentions in his speech that he is constantly asked by reporters, “Why do you write strong women characters?”

His response, “I credit my mother.”

“I credit my father and stepfather, they prized wit and resolve in the women they were with among all things.  And they were among the rare men who understood recognizing power does not diminish your own.”

When asked for the 50th time, “Why do you write such strong women charachters?” 

His response, “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 misogyny 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 women who is confronted with it.”

As a women and a minority growing up in the 60’s and 70’s during the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and Feminism, I applaud Equality Now and Mr. Whedon.  I know just how whacked out a society can get when one person thinks they are better than another because of their race, gender, religion or ideology.  Yes, we’ve made improvements, but there is much to do to get mankind (you and me) to take a look at what’s not working and do something about it.

Take a look at Joss Whedon’s speech – another reason to love him.

2 Responses to “Another Reason to Love Joss Whedon”

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  1. MaryKate
    on Jan 10th, 2008
    @ 9:48 am

    Joss Whedon is SO my boyfriend. And not just because the man created Angel and Spike, although those facts cannot be underemphasized! No, I love him because he understands that there is no such thing as the “weaker s.ex.” For that alone, he’s an amazing man.

  2. Kim
    on Jan 10th, 2008
    @ 2:45 pm

    Kudos to Joss!!

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