Joss Whedon fan site shuts down after ex-wife's critical essay
Joss Whedon Was Never a Feminist - Acculturated
Joss Whedon has a reputation as one of Hollywood's most outspoken male feminists. Now his track record is being called into question by a new essay containing accusations by one of the people who knows him best — his ex-wife, Kai Cole.
Joss Whedon and the problem with ‘male feminists’ | Dazed
That said, Whedon has not been free from accusations of sexism himself. Natasha Simons of The Mary Sue wrote a scathing deconstruction of sexist tropes in Whedon's work , focusing on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly" and "Dollhouse." In 2015, Whedon stirred up controversy when he wrote dialogue for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" in which the character Black Widow refers to herself as a "" for having been forcibly sterilized in. (Whedon insists the term was meant to refer to her work as an assassin, not her sterilization.)