The Problem With Joss Whedon's Feminism

But now doubts are being cast on Whedon's gender equality-promoting street cred, after an essay by his ex-wife Kai Cole was published on The Wrap. The couple, who were married for 20 years, finalised their divorce this month after the director reportedly admitted to cheating on his wife multiple times. Since, Cole has come forward to say that her former partner used his public persona as a feminist as a diversion for what was really going on behind closed doors.

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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.

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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.)

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I wanted there to be dolls, Barbie with a kung fu grip – Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy – Luce Irigaray, Speculum of the Other Woman.In her feminist critique of Anne Millard Daughtey described Buffy as a show which "obviously promotes female strength and power" (159).

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An essay by Joss Whedon’s ex-wife claims that the director’s conduct in his personal life contradicts the public persona he is beloved and awarded for.

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Whether it’s deserved or not is debatable, but Joss Whedon has a reputation for being a feminist writer/director who has a particular penchant for strong, well-rounded female characters. However, someone who probably knows Whedon better than most people has now stepped forward and declared that the perception of him as some kind of feminist hero is wrong. That person is Kai Cole, his ex-wife, and she has written in which she says that he’s a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.”