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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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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.
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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»
by Lillian DeRitteron Dollhouse
Boyd: Don’t call me that.
Topher: We’re not friends?
Boyd: We’re not men.
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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
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