Jun 262007

Over the several years that we’ve been dating, Ed has slowly converted me to his cause of closet sci fi geek-dom….  Case in point: this past Friday, we went to a showing of Serenity that was being held as a fundraiser for Equality Now in honor of Joss Whedon’s birthday.  (Joss W. created the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly as well as the movie Serenity.)  I hate re-watching most movies, but this was my 3rd time seeing Serenity in a theater, and I still enjoyed it thoroughly.

More importantly, though, before the movie they showed a speech that Joss Whedon gave at a 2006 Equality Now event addressing the question “Why do you write such strong female characters?”  It was such a fantastic speech that I simply had to share.

His speech begins at around 2:30, after an intro by Meryl Streep.  Clicking the link takes you to the video on YouTube:

Sometimes I find it particularly inspiring to hear sentiments like this coming from a man….  ‘Abdu’l-Baha, one of the Central Figures of the Baha’i Faith, said “When men own the equality of women there will be no need for them to struggle for their rights!”

He said it in 1911.  96 years ago.

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