sex and violence?


Okay, this entry shall come with a warning:

If you are a television snob (read: you love the Simpsons but eschew teen shows) you might as well walk on by.

I have a secret confession to make. I’m addicted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And I mean seriously addicted. As in taping the show, owning all the episodes I can buy on video… you get the idea. That’s neither here nor there, I suppose, but when Salon decided to discuss the way the show deals with sex, I knew I had to give it a good old once-over here in the diary. Give you my unique outlook, you understand. 🙂
In the article, the author references a quote from Camille Paglia that caught my eye: “The masculine hurls itself at the feminine in an eternal circle of pursuit and flight.”
Oh, I heartily agree. If anything, I’ve always felt that some of the horror staples – vampires, werewolves – were thinly veiled metaphors for sex. Think about it. It’s all about satisfying the bloodlust. Giving in to those animal instincts. Hunter, prey. Pursuer, pursued. One of the reasons I love the show, and love that type of horror film.
I think men and women are locked in a constant battle of will and power. And I think it often manifests itself in the bedroom – which can be good or bad, depending on the people involved. Sometime this can be a negative thing, leading to withholding sex, resentment, and death of sexual desire. But when it’s good – oh, my, when it’s good! – it can be very, very good.
And I do tend to agree with her. Even given my ambivalent feelings toward the male half of the duo on the show currently having the Sex – Spike, for those of you who watch the show – I couldn’t help but be moved by the incredible raw sexuality that came off the two of them during their more, shall we say, intimate scenes.
And for those of you who don’t watch Buffy – well, come on, what’s wrong with ya? [grin]

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