July 16th, 2007

Lina (canon_goddess)

Female empowerment and Spike glomping.

I finished up A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison last week.
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I also watched an episode of Angel this last weekend that friends and I had dubbed 'one of the most boring'. That's She. Now, granted, Wesley and Angel's silly dances at the start and finish of the episode are awesome, but that's not what I'm talking about.

I'm talking about how blind I was to the point of this episode the last time I saw it all those years ago. Now, this wasn't spelled out or anything, but it seemed pretty clear once I thought about it.

Brief summary: A demon princess from another dimension is helping fellow female demons escape so that they will not have a piece of their body behind the back of their neck removed. Once it's removed, the female demon becomes passionless and submissive to the male demons around her.

If it's not clear to what I'm eluding to, I'll spell it out: Female genital mutilation.

The correlation struck me hard when I saw a female demon captured by the bad guys... and watched a piece of her physical body grabbed by a pair of tongs and yanked out. I almost burst into tears. The reaction was so strong that it made me realize why.

I don't think this episode is boring anymore. I actually feel kind of bad that I didn't take note of this sooner. But damn, what an amazing episode to watch once that's noticed.

And there are other things that happened this weekend as well, but today has been NUTS at work. And not in a good way. O_o