alexeia_drae: (caress)
I watched Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines a few days ago. It's REALLY good and I highly recommend it. They spend a bit of time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but of course most of the focus is on Wonder Woman. I loved the tv show. I think they were showing reruns when I was six and we never missed an episode. Like so many I've been waiting for a Wonder Woman movie. Plus, lots of interviews with Gloria Steinem!

I've been thinking a lot about it these past few days, and several points it made really resonated with me. One was about sacrifice, and how female characters in the action/adventure genre tend to sacrifice their life for people. I've seen this trope a lot, and on the one hand while there is something romantic about the idea of loving someone so much you would give your life for them, there's something disturbing about it to. And as the documentary pointed out, basically when a woman sacrifices her life for someone, she is saying "the world is better off without me."

Sacrifice is a tricky thing. )

The other thing that interested me was the point about how women are depicted as having too much power and it becoming a bad thing to the point where the heroine believes that she would be better off dead, the prime example being Jean Grey. I started thinking back to an amazing presentation about the history of the witch I'd seen at A-Kon (oh A-Kon, I am going to have to sit out on you this year, too) and how the idea of the witch arouse because men were uncomfortable with the idea of women being powerful. And the lecturer was a rather amazing man.

He also said that a good witch should be one bad day away from destroying the world. And, ladies and gentleman, I give you Willow Rosenberg and Lina Inverse.

That aside, it did make me think about how extremely powerful women are portrayed. Some are distressed by their power. A lot of the X-Men heroines seem to fall into this camp. Others are comfortable with it, while people in their lives aren't (Willow). In season 3 and 4 of Buffy I really had a hard time understanding where the people criticizing Willow's use of too much magic too soon came from. Could it have been that people were simply uncomfortable with her having so much power?

Anyway, good docu, lots of thoughts, watch and enjoy!
alexeia_drae: (river gun)
I have found myself pulling out my geek credentials twice during group therapy, once by quoting Albus Dumbledore, and another by quoting Buffy.

From Dumbledore, via the mouth of another person (don't remember who, probably one of the Weasleys) "It's easier to forgive people for being wrong than it is to forgive them for being right."

and from Buffy, "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it."

Strange as it may be, clients really responded well to those quotes and really liked them. The Harry Potter page on Facebook put up another good Dumbledore one today: "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times…if one only remembers to turn on the light."

So, what are some of your favorite geeky quotes that you find relevant to the real world?
alexeia_drae: (revolution)
When teaching General Psych, I mention a man named Phineas Gage, who had the curious distinction of having had a railroad spike shoved through his head, and who lived to tell the tale.

He is interesting in the history of psychology for what he taught us about the brain, but that is really neither here nor there. You see, when I heard about Mr. Gage 10 years ago as an undergrad, I pictured a railroad spike as an object probably a little larger than a pen and twice as thick.

Well, during the last 10 years they found pictures of Mr. Gage. And he carried that railroad spike with him for the rest of his life as his trophy. And all I have to say is,
DAMN!

That is one mean, nasty, long, thick spike!

So...then I start thinking about Spike from Buffv...and how he drove railroad spikes through some dude's head...and after actually seeing a railroad spike what I'm thinking is he'd have to have help with that. Yikes!
alexeia_drae: (Default)
I have a weird obsession with etymology, the study of the origin and meaning of names. I also have a fascination with name popularity. I'm constantly pouring through the lists of the top 1000 names when they come out and read up on naming trends. I find it rather fascinating. Anyway, I was completely burned out and getting over it by watching season 4 of Buffy when I thought of this poll. Enjoy!

How much do you like the name Buffy? How about Cordelia? )
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Just finished my first week of teaching at the local community college! It's been a busy, exhilarating, and fulfilling week, and now I'm just happy to be able to kick back and eat chocolate before throwing myself back into lecture planning.

Way back on Monday morning, as I was driving to teach my first class, I was thinking about how old I was now. I mean, I was going to be teaching adults! So, feeling old, I walked in and asked the assistant where I could make copies. She thought I was a student! Several other people I met that day made the same mistake, several telling me that I looked too young to be an adjunct. Wow. Ever since I was 13 I've been able to pass for an adult. When I hit my twenties I found that people usually had no idea what age I was. This is the first time I can recall that I've been mistaken for being younger than I really am.

My students do seem so young though! It makes me miss my college days. I'm not going to look through them with rose colored glasses. Some semesters at college were pure and simple hell and I'm glad not to relive them. However, I felt such a sense of freedom as an undergraduate that I've never felt before or since. It didn't matter if I stayed up till 3AM with friends, even if I had an 8AM class the next day. The possibilities were endless then. I could study this or this or this. I could enter into any career I wanted. I still believed then that I could change the world to my liking (the Iraqi war demolished this). And I didn't have to live with the mistakes I've made since I've graduated.

Anyway, it looks like I have some great students and I'm feeling rather upbeat right now.

And calling on Buffy fans, check out this shirt and this cake! OK, you have to scroll down a bit for the Buffy cake but it's worth it! There's also a Serenity cake and a classic Trek cake! Hmm...wonder if there's a B5 one...
alexeia_drae: (gilesfunnyhat)
I don't know if I'm just bizarre in this regard, but I see Kira's journey on DS9 as similar to how I would view Buffy's had the show continued for an 8th season (disclaimer, I have not read the comics, I do not plan to read the comics, and I try to avoid everything written about them like the plague).

Bear with me for a minute. Both Kira and Buffy had to grow up too fast. Kira had been fighting in the Bajoran resistance since she was 14. Buffy was 15 when she became a slayer. Both had to put their lives on the line day by day and suffered a lot of trauma. Both lost a lot of loved ones. In Kira's case, the Bajorans succeed in kicking the Cardasians off Bajor, and there are still challenges in the forms of healing their planet and continuing threats from the Cardasians. In Buffy's case, there are still vampires, but now there are other slayers in existence whom she can share her burden with. Heck, she can even take off to Disneyland and take a vacation.

The cut is here. )
alexeia_drae: (halloween)
Occasionally cutting coupons leads to little revelations. There I was, wondering for the umpteenth time why so many people do not believe that Buffy loved Riley when a possibility hit me. It might be because she didn't love him the same way that she loved Angel. Which seems to be Riley's reasoning. The thing is, no one loves two different people the same way. The love between people is like a snowflake, and basing whether or not Buffy loved Riley based on how she loved Angel is not fair.

I hope this makes some sense. )
alexeia_drae: (halloween)
Occasionally cutting coupons leads to little revelations. There I was, wondering for the umpteenth time why so many people do not believe that Buffy loved Riley when a possibility hit me. It might be because she didn't love him the same way that she loved Angel. Which seems to be Riley's reasoning. The thing is, no one loves two different people the same way. The love between people is like a snowflake, and basing whether or not Buffy loved Riley based on how she loved Angel is not fair.

I hope this makes some sense. )
alexeia_drae: (tara)
This has been kicking around for awhile, but Gab's post got me thinking about it again. Ah, the Buffy/Riley relationship. When I was a graduate student studying counseling I had to read a book by David Schnarch called Passionate Marriage. I read it at the time I was first watching Buffy. What struck me was that what was going on in their relationship directly related to what Dr. Schnarch was talking about in his book.

Before I saw my first client, I used to conceptualize what I would do in therapy based on which Buffy character came into my office...especially at the point they were at in season 6. )
alexeia_drae: (tara)
This has been kicking around for awhile, but Gab's post got me thinking about it again. Ah, the Buffy/Riley relationship. When I was a graduate student studying counseling I had to read a book by David Schnarch called Passionate Marriage. I read it at the time I was first watching Buffy. What struck me was that what was going on in their relationship directly related to what Dr. Schnarch was talking about in his book.

Before I saw my first client, I used to conceptualize what I would do in therapy based on which Buffy character came into my office...especially at the point they were at in season 6. )
alexeia_drae: (dr. phil)
[livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's poll on "Passions" got me thinking about Joyce and her parenting of Buffy in the show. Really, in the first three seasons I don't think she did a stellar job. When Buffy entered college, she seemed to get the hang of it better. I try to cut her some slack because she was dealing with a situation no parent ever expects to face, but there are enough real world parallels that gnaw on me.

Me and my psychobabble full steam ahead. )
alexeia_drae: (dr. phil)
[livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle's poll on "Passions" got me thinking about Joyce and her parenting of Buffy in the show. Really, in the first three seasons I don't think she did a stellar job. When Buffy entered college, she seemed to get the hang of it better. I try to cut her some slack because she was dealing with a situation no parent ever expects to face, but there are enough real world parallels that gnaw on me.

Me and my psychobabble full steam ahead. )

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