Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy, is shocked by cell phone videos of a young woman being stoned to death. All of a sudden, I really, really, really wish they had made that Joss Whedon scripted Wonder Woman movie.

What is wrong with women?

I mean wrong. Physically. Spiritually. Something unnatural, something destructive, something that needs to be corrected.

How did more than half the people in the world come out incorrectly? I have spent a good part of my life trying to do that math, and I’m no closer to a viable equation. And I have yet to find a culture that doesn’t buy into it. Women’s inferiority – in fact, their malevolence — is as ingrained in American popular culture as it is anywhere they’re sporting burkhas. I find it in movies, I hear it in the jokes of colleagues, I see it plastered on billboards, and not just the ones for horror movies. Women are weak. Women are manipulative. Women are somehow morally unfinished. (Objectification: another tangential rant avoided.) And the logical extension of this line of thinking is that women are, at the very least, expendable.


  1. I wanted to say something about Night of the Feminazis!!! Part ii but the site won’t let me. I love women in just about every way a man can. Maybe that’s not what every woman wants to hear from a man, but… I really like Brian Michael Bendis’ take on Alies or the Beat or whatever it is they ended up having to call it. JJ, to me, seemed like a real woman. Heide, my friend Frank Kane and I are going to make a comic, I think you’ll like, were women are as the ones we know, in real life. No more… no less. I think that’s what you’re asking for. Am I right?

  2. Joss makes a good point here, but it’s too emotional too get into clearly. He’s really talking about a lot of things that need to be clarified:

    1. Historically, there have been small groups of societies that were dominated by women, but they did not fare too well and what was known/percieved about them is that they were as strange and domineering in their cruelty as societies that were dominated by men.

    2. Religiously, well, you take a look at most modern, major religions, and yes, of course they are male oriented. I don’t know of one society still around that culturally, puts the female ahead of the male.

    3. Culturally. I am proponent that when the people in a society are fed up with the way things are, they will revolt. In many of these countries, the rules and laws are usually upheld by the majority of people, women and men.


    The gist of what he’s saying is a sound one, that we need to change our ways in the treatment of women and this idealism is something to reach for, but he should realize that this rationale can only apply to societies like ours, ‘free’. Democratic and capitalistic.

    Even so, he should be able to realize the futility that lies there, because our society and the religions that we believe in are founded on the keystone that women are inferior to men.

  3. Michael, are you saying we should accept the way things are because of the ‘futility’ of trying to change it?
    To be honest I found the tone of your comment a little apologetic, not to mention defeatist.
    Your ‘clarifications’ don’t clarify anything to me, nor do they contribute anything useful to this over due and very important debate.
    But perhaps your can clarify something tome: what do you mean with
    Religiously, well, you take a look at most modern, major religions, and yes, of course they are male oriented.