the reason i love love love Joss Whedon is b/c of his love of strong women. not just in his writing and television, but in his life also. Whedon is a self proclaimed feminist, vigilant against misogyny. his own mother, Lee Sterns, was a strong and kick ass woman, who raised him to respect the strength in women. she also helped create “Equality Now”.
my favorite part of his speech here is towards the end (you will have to suffer a little, even as he is clever and witty, he is a horribly awkward public speaker, something you would know if you have ever watched the commentary on any of his DVDs) is when he answers the question “why do you write such strong women characters”. he says (paraphrasing here) “why are you even asking me that question? you should be asking 100 other guys why they aren’t!”
that, and when he says misogyny is a part of every culture, but not part of the human condition, that is throwing life out of balance.