4:46 pm - 08/31/2012

Can Watching “Buffy” Make Men Less Sexist?

A new study shows that it might — and watching shows with strong female characters, even in bad situations, could help women too.

The rise of violent female heroines in TV and film — like Snow White of Snow White and the Huntsman, Lisbeth Salander of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and of course, Katniss Everdeen — have sparked a lot of debate in the past year or two. Some laud the swashbuckling women characters and others are "leery" of how these roles "fetishize hyper-violent women." But a recent study shows that strong women in otherwise violent TV shows might make men feel better about women — and women feel better about life.

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vanjar 1st-Sep-2012 09:58 am (UTC)
"And it's extraordinary that we have to treat that as an achievement."
I agree. Treating female and male characters equally should be the norm, not the exception.
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