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A friend of mine sent me the link to this wonderful site jam-packed full of documentaries. Old. New. Short. Long. Every topic you can imagine. One of the most popular docs at the moment, is ‘The Perfect Vagina’. I had to see what this perfect vagina was all about…

Turns out that loads upon loads of women are unhappy with the visual appearance of their vaginas, and are going for surgery to alter the shape/size of the inner labia, so it does not ‘hang’ below the outer labia. This procedure is known as labiaplasty, and as a business it has skyrocketed over the past few years. So a woman named Lisa Rogers decided to investigate the growing trend in the UK, where, according to “the British Medical Journal, they said the number of ‘labial reductions’ carried out in National Health Service hospitals had doubled to 800 a year over five years” (Reuters article).

The UK in fact, has deemed this recent rise in labiaplasty as a “demand for designer vaginas”. Really? DESIGNER VAGINAS. Just wait… wait for it… give it a few years… soon enough, Gucci will release their sketch/model for the PERFECT GUCCI VAGINA. You can buy, for the right price, a fully-certified Gucci-fied vagina! And guess what? You will even be able to choose the colour, size, and location of your Gucci tattoo (though it must appear somewhere on the vagina of course, because everyone who visits your lady-bits must be made aware that it is the product of Gucci).

Check out the documentary ‘The Perfect Vagina’. What do you think about this trend? Is it a tool of empowerment for women to gain a sense of confidence and control over their bodies and their sexuality? Or is it yet another tool designed by the patriarchal system for the male gaze to pressure women to perpetually slice and dice their bodies to achieve the highly-sexualized and idealized body of a 12-year-old girl?

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Joss Whedon’s series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed my life. It was hands down one of the most influential series for adolescent females in search of independent role models. I credit this show (alongside my super amazing mum, and my intro class to WGS) with my coming to love feminism.

I’m sure you all remember the 1992 Buffy movie, written by Joss Whedon. Not the greatest movie. But it planted the seeds for the television series, and we must give it credit for that.

Now, there has been talk lately of revisiting the iconic female teenage vampire slayer on the Hollywood big screen. Here’s what Joss had to say about it…

“This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, “Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER.” Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, “I’ll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!” Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?

I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can’t wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I’m making a Batman movie. Because there’s a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.

Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.”

First: this man is brilliant.

Second: I concur with Joss entirely. Vampires have been SO overplayed. Hollywood writers need to move on already. They need to put their brains together and come up with a new, strong, adolescent female heroine, who isn’t an over-sexualized teeny-bopper.

One of the reasons that the Buffy series was so popular was because it was a fresh concept. It twisted the typical highschool teen experience. Everyone remembers highschool as a time full of fear, stress and numerous failed attempts at fitting in. All in all, most people reflect on their highschool experience as somewhat of a nightmare. Joss Whedon made Sunnydale High literally a highschool of horrors. ‘Highschool as a horror movie’ became the central concept for Buffy, where all things supernatural and demonic became metaphors for adolescent anxiety, fear, and experiences.

“In the world of Buffy the problems that teenagers face become literal monsters. A mother can take over her daughter’s life (Witch); a strict stepfather-to-be really is a heartless machine (Ted); a young lesbian fears that her nature is demonic (Goodbye Iowa and Family); a girl who has sex with even the nicest-seeming guy may discover that he afterwards becomes a monster (Innocence).”

BtVS Original Cast

Genius.

There is no need to revisit Buffy, especially if it is going to Twilight-ify the crap outta it by adding big messy hair and overly-pasty, emotionless,  helpless young women.

And finally: Leave Buffy where it ended… at the edge of the Hellmouth.

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