Giddy with Excitement: Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

dollhouse1I’ve been having some “whither feminism?” blues lately. An anti-Capitalist, feminist conference left me heartened to see young women embracing a resurgence in feminist politics across a range of issues , but witnessing and hearing the same ol’ white privilege claptrap was tiresome (post forthcoming).

So, perhaps I’m drinkin’ the Kool-Aid, but am psyched to see the first episode of Joss Whedon’s new show Dollhouse.

The basic set up: irrationally attractive, young women and men are “Actives” who take on the persona and characteristics required by the clients who hire them. Very much like the geishas alluded to in the first episode, they become what their clients need them to be, but as one character commented, their success is dependent on their flaws. I suspect we’re in for losts of crossed wires and all the malfunctioning that comes along with that pesky thing called human consciousness.  All of the Actives reside in the Dollhouse (think residence hall for Angel’s Wolfram & Hart) and, in addition to a standard British ice-woman, are overseen by Handlers/Watchers. The show features a number of TV faves: Eliza Dushku (Buffy), Harry Lennix (in a lotta stuff all the time), Amy Acker (Angel), Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica).

Will Whedon’s new creation bring back some degree of feminism to primetime television? I miss Buffy something fierce and have faith that Joss’ women’s studies background will turn, seemingly, Stepford Wives Revisited into some kickass feminist commentary on human subjectivity, trafficking, consciousness, and destiny to name a few topics that jump out on first viewing. The Dollhouse promo…



Filed under TV, Uncategorized, women, work

2 responses to “Giddy with Excitement: Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

  1. flyovermiss

    I share your hope that Dollhouse provides Joss with an enjoyable forum for his wonderfully anti-misogynist perspectives. The first episode suggests that we may not, in fact, be drinking this Kool-Aid in vain.

    That said, I am a bit depressed that Eliza Dushku is now so insanely skinny. It’s strikingly different from her lush and curvy presentation as Faith on BTVS. I don’t blame Joss for her incredible shrinking, but I do hope he shows a greater range of female shapes and sizes as the series (hopefully) progresses.

  2. 4everuppity

    Maybe a bunch of us feminist fan types need to get together and write Joss a wishlist letter? It worked for black feminists in the 1970s who wrote to Norman Lear about Good Times!

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