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The Psychology of Joss Whedon

"There's My Boy..."

by Joy Davidsonon shows created by Joss Whedon

Since the first episode of Buffy, I’ve been a captivated fan, easily losing myself in the alternate universe where every dark remnant of the psyche lives vibrantly in the flesh. Perhaps that’s because as a psychologist and sex therapist, I come from what some might consider an alternative universe, too, where passions are living creatures, both wanted and feared, and the demons of shame, guilt, and regret can keep us chained for a lifetime. In my universe, curses are often self-made, knitted from the wool of our own histories: our families, our lovers, and our beliefs about ourselves. To the degree that my universe intersects with the Angelverse, I view Angel as far more than a creature tormented by blood cravings, past horrors, and mystical forces. In his hulking handsomeness, Angel may be one of the small screen’s most sexually confused heroes. He’s torn by sadistic impulses, terrified of the … read more»

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Inside Joss' Dollhouse

Goliath Is People!

by Zalina Alvion Dollhouse

In a Dollhouse, trust can be manufactured. If you have the right “tech” in your head, all you have to do is sit in a fancy chair, listen to some carefully chosen words, look deep into someone’s eyes, and presto!—trust.

If you’ve never had a dollbotomy, however, trust must be earned, just like … read more»

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Beyond the Wall

Power and Feminism in Westeros

by Caroline Spectoron A Song of Ice and Fire

The use and abuse of power is the one constant theme of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Power, large or small, inevitably corrupts in Westeros, no matter who wields it and no matter the righteousness of their cause. Even as the disenfranchised women of Westeros seize … read more»

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Inside Joss' Dollhouse

"We're Not Men"

by Lillian DeRitteron Dollhouse
Topher: I guess we have our own little conspiracy,

Boyd: Don’t call me that.

Topher: We’re not friends?

Boyd: We’re not men.

—“Echo” (unaired pilot)

When Boyd and Topher argued about the ethics of Rossum
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A Taste of True Blood

Working Class Heroes

by Nick Mamatason True Blood

Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks.

—Karl Marx, Capital, vol. 1, chapter 10

What do television characters do for a living? There are plenty of doctors, more police than even a police state … read more»

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