Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: a Gender Discussion

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"Buffy, The Vampire Slayer: A Gender Discussion" What is gender? The answer to that is not so simple. "Gender is what culture makes out of the ‘raw material' of biological sex," (Unger and Crawford, 1995). Also, there is a difference between what is gender identity and what is a gender role; a difference which seems to be even more difficult to differentiate between than the words "gender" and "sex". Media and other parts of our culture seem to believe they know the difference, yet up until a certain period in time, the same stereotypical characters were portrayed and used as role models for others in most media. Women characters being the helpless victims, while the strong men would come to save them (including…show more content…
She is more in control of what is happening, or has happened to her, and is beginning to harness herself as her own person, her own identity. She is not acting, or trying to be a certain type of person because everyone is telling her that "that" is who she is. Instead she is taking her identity and molding it; shaping it to fit who she is and who she has grown up to be. The fact that Buffy has taken on the role of the "take charge" leader (usually a role taken by a male), but other characters are called upon to take on the commonplace beliefs of gender roles and behavior. Willow (played by Alyson Hannigan) has recently gone through a change in her sexuality. Once a heterosexual high school student, after going through a difficult break-up with her boyfriend, "becomes" a lesbian. This makes it quite difficult to understand whether Willow "became" a lesbian because she felt that that was her sexual orientation all along, and originally she was only following what her peers and society believed in when being a lesbian was not as accepted as it is now, or because she did not know how else to handle her difficult break up, and "decided" that being a lesbian was easy because it was right there in front of her. One stereotype that is not acknowledged within this scenario is that neither female (Willow and Tara, her girlfriend) are "butch" in their behaviors, as many believe lesbians to be. Both women are exactly the same as who they were before "realizing" their
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