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This underlying patriarchal thematic construction in the series combines with character representation to deny a positivist feminist polemic in . When asked about the lavish employment of violence in the series, Whedon replied:
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On one hand, this can be seen as empowering; it combats the image of feminine fragility. Buffy can look after herself, and her strength allows her to meet her male foes on a plane of equality, thereby commending a feminist reading. However, this seems to me too superficial a reading, and subverting the adventure story in the way that Whedon does is not that simple. Problematically, he is creating a space in which violence against women is legitimized. Buffy has super strength and super healing capabilities, she can wisecrack whilst staking, her stylish hair, make up and clothes keeps her looking good in the heat of battle; all these assets added to the fact that as the ‘hero’ she will always triumph combine to make violence against her acceptable in the series. However, this contextualisation is not justification for violence against women. Indeed, it can be seen as a variation on the pornographers excuse that women participate in pornography because they want to; Buffy attacks and is attacked because she wants to in her role as Slayer. But as outspoken feminist Andrea Dworkin points out, what we are seeing is not necessarily what women want to do, but rather "the will of women as men want to see if’ (127). Indeed, the centrality of the image of Buffy as Slayer, as heroine, problematises feminist readings, as her role is encoded as a patriarchal rather than feminist fantasy. Although she could be considered heroic in the traditional epic sense in that she is fulfilling her destiny and following her fate as the chosen one, she is also a pawn in the hands of the Watcher’s Council, a British and inherently patriarchal institution which co ordinates and controls the training of Slayers. Buffy has no choice in what she does; she is coerced into her job by a standing patriarchal dictate. On a number of occasions, especially in the early series, she attempts to renounce her calling, only to find that she cannot.