Buffy, Project Runway and queer politics: Greta Christina and Alex Gabriel in conversation

Greta and I did another of our Google Hangouts – this time on vampire-reensoulment ethics in BuffyProject Runway and Under the Gunn; horror in the queer imagination and arguments about assimilation.

Annoyingly the Google elves cut us off just over an hour in, but the plan is that we’ll reconvene shortly and talk more on assimilationism – as well as the Oxford comma.





  1. Al Dente says

    Zombies and “horror in the queer imagination” are perfectly reasonable subjects for conversation but the Oxford comma? Have you no sense of decency? Is there no topic so appalling, so depraved, so vile you won’t stoop to discuss it?

    <Walks away slowly, shaking head in disgust>

  2. says

    Are you familiar with Jenny Armintrout? She’s a feminist, atheist, BtVS fan. She has a lovely snark filled column (which hasn’t been updated in a while, sniff, sniff) reviewing episodes of BtVS. Although she’s a fan of the show, she doesn’t pull her punches in reviewing each episode.
    The Big Damn Buffy Rewatch while quite enjoyable, has caused me to see my favorite show of all time in a different light (a shade of it’s not as enjoyable as I once thought).
    Starting with the first episode Welcome to the Hellmouth, Jenny has a list of thematic elements she’s discovered on the show:

    Sex is the real villain of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer universe.
    Giles is totally in love with Buffy.
    Joyce is a fucking terrible parent.
    Willow’s magic is utterly useless (this one won’t be an issue until season 2, when she gets a chance to become a witch)
    Xander is a textbook Nice Guy.
    The show isn’t as feminist as people claim.
    All the monsters look like wieners.
    If ambivalence to possible danger were an Olympic sport, Team Sunnydale would take the gold.

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