Today marks the 19th anniversary of the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. One of the last classes I taught at Cal was a Mass Comm course on Buffy. Here is one of the essay assignments from that course:
Write a four-page paper on the following topic:
In her essay on the postmodern politics of Buffy, Patricia Pender asks "Is Buffy feminist?" The National Organization for Women would seem to answer in the negative, considering the "C-" grade they gave to the show. Using Pender's essay as a starting point, discuss and analyze Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a feminist text. How does Pender answer the question? How would you answer it? Why do you think NOW has such a low opinion of Buffy?