The F Word

Seeing Red: Examining sexualized violence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

| January 13, 2015


Title: Buffy
Length: 0:37:11 minutes (42.57 MB)
Format: 44.1kHz, 160Kbps

Show Notes:

Seeing Red: Examining sexualized violence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

****Content warning for audio of scenes describing and portraying sexualized violence, as well as discussions of sexualized violence and its media portrayals.****

The F Word explores the portrayal of sexualized violence on the iconic TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Despite airing its last episode in 2003, Buffy remains a cultural icon. What we've learned from Buffy is not only is the show still hotly debated on pop culture sites including Buzzfeed and Pop Matters, but also explored in feminist media-making, including Bitch magazine and Jezebel. 

Collective member Pragya Esh and Melanie Lintott, from Adamant Eve, a feminist radio program in Edmonton Alberta, focus on the Buffy episode, called Seeing Red, in which the vampire, Spike, attempts to rape the vampire slayer with whom he's been having an illicit sexual relationship.

The F Word seeks to create feminist media outside of the mainstream. We define feminism broadly in order to leave space for debates and differences within the collective and to engage with communities in and around Coast Salish Territories. Our members conceptualize feminism as a lens, a model and practice that works to address and dismantle hierarchies of oppression; guides a personal practice of courage, compassion and connection; and an entry-point for anti-oppressive ways of living. For more information on The F Word, please visit our website at: or email:


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