Tuesday, 11 September 2012

What the world needs now is Buffy

Finally, the proof I've been waiting for.

Watching Buffy is not just my fave dvd retreat, it actually makes women feel less anxious about sexual violence, and challenges men's negative ideas about women.

Interesting study.  The researchers chose sexually violent material from shows with either subordinate women characters, or strong female characters (this is an interesting subject in itself.  What makes someone "strong"?  Do you have to be able to kick vampire ass?)  And they compared both genres with some shows without sexually violent content, by asking their research subjects to view the shows and then comparing reactions across groups.

The sexually violent shows with subordinate women characters were The Tudors and Masters of Horror.  The sexually violent shows with strong women characters were SVU and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  The control shows without sexually violent content were 7th Heaven and Gilmore Girls.

The findings, in the words of the researchers:
Women who watched sexually violent media were more anxious, and males who watched sexually violent media had more negative attitudes toward women, but only when female characters were subordinate. Sexual and violent content had no influence on viewer attitudes when strong female characters were present, suggesting these are not the crucial influence variables.
Women were actually less anxious watching SVU or Buffy than the control group shows.  The inverse was true for men, who reported least anxiety watching the Tudors or Masters of Horror.

Now, where is my Season 1?


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Buffy is a fav of mine and it is great to read some research behind the effects as it rings true for me. willow is my favorite follwed by Fred. Clever, nerdy and strong is an awesome combination!

Eco Yogini said...

Oh I LOVE Buffy! :) My favourite is also Willow, but only when she goes ridiculously crazy.

An interesting study and research premise. But then, I'm not surprised...

Restiva said...

No, neither am I. But it's nice to have it confirmed by a study.

Buffy was awesome. Totally need to rewatch!!

Violet said...

I found that really interesting, like the other commenters, and not surprising. I never like Fred from "Angel" though because she became annoyingly perky and unnecessarily sexed up. She was way more interesting as Illeria.

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Carlist said...

Buffy is just too violent for my tastes. I prefer a pacifist feminism.