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(Meta) Buffy opening credits

14th October 2007 (11:35)
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I was recently reading some metafandom stuff about representation of non-privileged groups in modern media. This included a discussion on whether Serenity passes the Bechdel-Wallace Test, as well as criticism of how many genre TV shows have a disproportionately male regular cast. "At least", I thought "Buffy doesn't suffer from that problem." Or does it? That got me wondering, so I did some analysis. And also made some pretty banners. :-)


Starting in Season One, it does indeed seem like BtVS will be a counterweight to the normal Hollywood gender balance, with the regular cast being 60% female:



But! No sooner does season 2 start, but David sneaks into the credits, and makes the balance an even 50/50. The regular cast won't be majority-female again for another three and a half years!



Incidentally, those banners are up for grabs if anyone wants to use them for anything.

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 29th April 2010 01:40 (UTC)
But on the other hand...

I know I'm way behind the times, but I stumbled upon this and it got me thinking.

"Angel"
female:male

Season 1
1:2
(David, Charisma, Glen/Alexis)

Season 2
1:3
(David, Charisma, Alexis, J.August)

Season 3
2:3
(Davis, Charisma, Alexis, J.August, Amy)

Season 4(episodes 1-13)
2:4
(David, Charisma, J.August, Amy, Vincent, Alexis)

Season 4(episodes 14-22
2:5
(David, Charisma, J.August, Amy, Vincent, Andy, Alexis)

Season 5(episodes 1-16)
1:5
(David, James, J.August, Amy, Andy, Alexis)

Season 5(episodes 17-22)
2:5
(David, James, J.August, Amy, Andy, Mercedes, Alexis)

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Posted at: 6th February 2011 20:40 (UTC)
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Posted by: yourlibrarian (yourlibrarian)
Posted at: 31st October 2016 01:58 (UTC)
Here from buffyversetop5
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And season 7 continues the female dominance. James and Nicky are clearly over-compensating for being in the minority by acting super-macho for these credits (or super-Village People, possibly). Mitchie looks dubious about this, but Aly clearly thinks it's cute.

Hah! Loved the commentary (and the conclusion).

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 31st October 2016 11:22 (UTC)
Re: Here from buffyversetop5

Thanks! (Also, woah, this was a blast from the past. Nine years ago!)

Posted by: thenewbuzwuzz (thenewbuzwuzz)
Posted at: 6th November 2017 06:44 (UTC)
here from buffyversetop5
keda

Oh no! I never noticed Tara wasn't in the opening credits (except for that one time). And they have Oz shown as a regular in season 4???? I think there was much more Tara *and* Anya than him.

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