Joss Whedon: why are his strong women characters still so unusual?

You may love Joss Whedon for creating the vampire-slaying kick-ass female hero Buffy, or maybe for his film Marvel Avengers Assemble just last year, but I became one of the screenwriter, director and producer’s biggest fans when I first heard this thank-you speech, made after campaign group Equality Now honoured him for his work in 2006.

You may say that the fact that he is about to be honoured again at next week’s inaugural Make Equality Reality event in Beverly Hills is a slim pretext for airing a seven-year-old speech. And you would be right. But the fact that he could plausibly make the same speech again seems a good enough reason to run it again. For, really, which one of the points he makes is no longer valid?

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