Today, I am feeling particularly inspired by one of my favorite writers of all time: Joss Whedon. And though I could go on and on and on and on about the ways he inspires me, I’m going to focus on one reason in particular. Here it is:
And here it is again:
Yes, today, I am thinking back on all the women I know and love from Whedon’s work, and am feeling not only inspired by them, but honored. Because you see, I can imagine myself among them.
These women are unique and varied. They come in all shapes and sizes and colors. They work in different areas, have a spectrum of expertise, and live into a wide range of roles, but they share some essential qualities:
They are strong. They are intelligent. They are loving. They are flawed. They are learning, growing, evolving. They are self-aware.
These are qualities that I recognize. I know them to be true of myself. They are qualities that people of all races, ages, and genders can relate to.
It is refreshing to experience characters that reflect myself–they affirm my identity, but challenge me to be more than what I am. I can learn with them and from them.
So, for that gentle genius, Fred, and the bookish, compassionate Willow; for the stoic and fierce, yet down-to-earth Zoe, and the loyal, ass-kicking Natasha; for the graceful, nurturing Inara, and the kind, smart Kaylee: I give thanks.
And thanks, Joss, for your dedication to creating female characters with dignity and depth. Keep up the good work!
*Check out my take on Black Widow from AVENGERS 2: AGE OF ULTRON, posted here through Reel World Theology.