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Offline Nessarose deWinter

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« on: 07/09/12 23:02:10 »
Sourrce: http://slayageonline.com/...0She%27s%20a%20Whore.pdf

So obviously, there's quite a bit of BS in this essay  (like "calling out" Zoe for... sleeping with her husband?). Still, there's more than a few interesting points on the role of Inara as a whore prostitute escort lady companion. So to those who can read through the pseudo feminist bullshit that we are presented with... discuss


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Joss Whedon has been praised for his positive representations of women, and the way he has sought to challenge the negative portrayal of marginalized members of society. In the short-lived series Firefly (shown on the US cable channel Fox between September and December 2002) these aspects of his work have the potential to come together in the character of Inara, whose occupation as ‘Companion’ is, as the text makes clear, that of whore. With Inara, Whedon is seeking to incorporate perhaps the most marginalised of women into the text in an ostensibly non-pejorative way. This is more problematic than his earlier attempts to rewrite the role of women, as the discourse around the commercialization of sex has been a constant source of tension within feminism, with heated debate as to whether prostitution is crucial to the patriarchal affirmation of masculinity or can - in some instances - offer women the possibility of empowerment.

In this paper I argue that while, on the surface, Firefly may suggest the rehabilitation of the prostitute, with its insistence on Inara as one of the most respectable inhabitants of the spaceship Serenity, the show – in respect of both its form and its content – nevertheless draws on a patriarchal and colonialist discourse to reinscribe the body of a woman of colour as a site of white (predominantly male) hegemonic privilege.

Offline Enton Drago

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« Reply #1 on: 08/02/12 05:47:07 »
I've never watched 'Firefly', but I thought it was supposed to be a about a group of people who are fringers and on the outskirts of society. That would likely include prostitutes, wouldn't it? (Assuming the society of 'Firefly' is similar to a modern US one)

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« Reply #2 on: 09/24/12 16:03:31 »
Everyone should watch Firefly. It's on Netflix along with Serenity. Go. Watch. Now.

As for discussion, I'd never given this aspect much thought. You're obviously onto something after reading through what appears to be your thesis statement. Inara is by far the most civilized and graceful crew member, even compared to Simon and Shepherd who were both obviously good people.

What does this Joss Whedon article say about Dollhouse, if anything?

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« Reply #3 on: 09/25/12 07:07:36 »
Way delayed response, but go see my post about women drivers to see my general response to this issue.

PS: Zoe is totally hot and I love her Rosie's Ranch-hand.

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« Reply #4 on: 09/25/12 07:09:51 »
What post about women drivers?

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« Reply #5 on: 09/27/12 06:39:12 »
It was in all caps, about lady drivers in the middle east?

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« Reply #6 on: 09/27/12 06:54:03 »
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