I’m still a big fan on hers, even though her television series ended three years ago after a seven year run.
Buffy slayed more than vampires; she destroyed gender stereotypes and earned a well-deserved spot on the altar of feminist archetypes..
Today is the 10th anniversary of the series premiere, and b!X has a timely (it is Women’s History Month, after all) post about the legacy left by Buffy the Vampire Slayer that includes the following:
“It’s about power,” proclaims The First Evil in the seventh season’s premier episode. By the time the season, and the series along with it, comes to an end, Buffy proclaims to a room full of girls denied such power by long-dead men who were afraid to fight their own battles: “I say my power should be our power.”
And suddenly, the series breaks open its long-standing metaphor, of Buffy representing any girl or woman working her way to her own particular power, and shows the point of it all more blatantly and unapologetically than it ever had before.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer always was about one character saying to girls and women in her audience, “My power is your power.” Fitting, then, that in the end the series found a way, within its own mythology, to dramatize for us what that meant. To make her power their power.