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(Poll) Buffy and Satsu

4th May 2010 (15:24)

So, I'm curious. Both the opinions given in this poll have been stated often in the last few weeks; I'd like to get some idea of how the numbers stack up on either side. If you feel my poll questions are way too restrictive and arbitrary, by all means tell me so in the comments.

I'm asking about the sexual relationship between the two women, but I've worded the question to include the build-up to it and the aftermath once they broke up as well. Also, I'm not asking about whether you enjoyed reading the story, but whether you thought it was credible and played a part in the overall season arc, or if it was just pure fanservice.

When a few people have answered I'll edit this post to look at how the answers and the demographics correlate. 

ETA: Updated Statistical analysis as of 19:50 on 4 May. I'll update again if and when more people answer the poll!

People who think the story was realistic include 43% of the women who are attracted to women, 67% of the heterosexual men, 33% of the other humans and 50% of the penguins.

No women who are attracted to women, no straight men, and no penguins thought the story was purely pandering to fanboys. 28% of the other humans thought it was.

(Everybody else went for the 'neither' option.).

Poll #1560142 Buffy and Satsu

The interaction between Buffy and Satsu in Season 8 was:

Believable and realistic, and appropriate to the plot and themes of the season.
Shameless pandering to heterosexual men, with no credibility or artistic merit.
Neither of the above.

Are you:

A woman who is sexually attracted to women.
A heterosexual man.
Neither of the above.
A penguin.

Do you know about their relationship through:

Reading the comics.
Hearing about the comics from other people.
Neither of the above.

I don't know enough about the comics to answer but I want to tick a box anyway.



Posted by: majingojira (majingojira)
Posted at: 4th May 2010 17:23 (UTC)
Reject Reality

Given Satsu's Japanese, it's not exactly as you perceive it.

Culturally, she'd be perceived as immature, as it is considered a non-issue for a young girl to form romantic attachments to other girls. It's just expected that they'd also grow out of it into more modern relations.

Japan has different standards for sexuality as a whole, not just in LGTB issues. Not making a fuss about things being one of them.


Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but the point is you're using the wrong cultural filter IMO. Either that or they lucked out and hit on a culture where it's not so much of an issue.

Hell, I'd dare call their relationship Sempai-Kohai

Posted by: ms_scarletibis (ms_scarletibis)
Posted at: 4th May 2010 17:34 (UTC)

Culturally, she'd be perceived as immature, as it is considered a non-issue for a young girl to form romantic attachments to other girls

Culturally according to whom?

What I meant is that...by choosing a woman of Asian descent, that in a way, it compounded their agenda to sensationalize the situation--a situation that I feel was merely for show and sales, and not integral to the story. It was as if they were saying, "Not only will Buffy have sex with a chick, but she'll be an Asian chick!" Because lesbian sex is that much hotter to see with some ethnic looking woman (and this isn't me speaking for myself, but this general idea is prevalent in Western culture with heterosexual American males).

But (disclaimer alert!), that is just my opinion and interpretation.

Posted by: majingojira (majingojira)
Posted at: 4th May 2010 17:52 (UTC)

Culturally by Satsu's native culture (Japanese).

Posted by: ms_scarletibis (ms_scarletibis)
Posted at: 4th May 2010 19:40 (UTC)

Ah. I was referring to a viewpoint tied into American culture (though not all American culture, clearly).

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