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The specific slant found within the program formula for Buffy the Vampire Slayer BTVS is unique in both film and television the lead character is a female world-saver who belongs to no government organization who seldom relies on men for help who is not an androgyne and who has a curfew The series was created and continues to be meticulously overseen by Academy Award winning writer Joss Whedon Whedon writes for his female characters with particular care to maintain the validation of the feminist viewpoint Until feminists quit taking pot shots at each other and arrive at a mutually agreed upon definition of feminism and for the purposes of this paper feminism will be considered the empowering of the female who takes control of her life to the extent that such control directly affects her well-being and future Ignoring the psychological and mythological doublespeak used by many feminists this paper will discuss the manner in which Whedon and his cadre of carefully chosen writers deal with feminist issues vis--vis character development Buffy has another side however - she is a good girl more or less who minds her mother unless a house rule conflicts with her slaying duties and keeps her amazingly frilly and feminine room neat Buffy misses her father to the extent that a rejection by her father was manifested as her worst nightmare coming true She turns to Giles her Watcher for guidance and sometimes regrets it He lectures her on her slayer duties - Buffy when I said you could slay vampires and have a social life I didnt mean at the same time - until she must resort to slyness just to get a night off Feminists decry feminine-wile manipulation but several female characters on BTVS are guilty of just such guile Buffy uses it on Giles when she wants a night off Jenny Giles love interest uses it to help him come out of his shell Willow Buffys closest
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