I never said the show was perfect? By all means, no. Let's look at season 1. Dean and Sam actually cared about the "meat suits" when they tried to vanquish a demon (regardless of gender). Now? Seems they're stabbing demon-infested meat-suits left and right. Yet, nobody's saying, "Wow, those poor humans," they're saying, "I can't believe Dean hit a demon-infested body . . . womanly body."
And, there are a lack of female characters. Yet, the show was never touted as a feel-good chick flick. (Thank you Bobby Singer.) The memorable female characters that got considerable screen time were, in fact, pretty damn cool, from Bella to Jo and Ellen. When they tried to add a little more of a woman's touch (Dean's girlfriend/fiance), it really took away from the show. Fans of all genders noticed. Why? Because it's a show about two hunter brothers.
I feel as though it's a form of censorship to tell the creator of a show, "hey, you built a show around two brothers who are hunters, they're kind of a duo (i.e. loners), how DARE you. How dare you not give them a cheeky female sidekick. How DARE you not give one of them a nagging wife who complains each time their hubby has to go off and save the world. Do it my way. Make the world I want."
Now, before someone starts in with the usual bullshit, "well, I guess writers can write worlds where white people beat down minorities and women are raped on every corner," let us remember the context, shall we? The whole premise of the story centers around brothers. Check. It is a supernatural world where demons (being equal opportunity parasites) inhabit both men and women. Check. Hunters don't like demons. Check. Hunters vanquish demons. Check. Sometimes physical violence ensues. Sometimes a good ole fashioned exorcism occurs. Check Check.
Now, there is the possibility that the "asshole" writers could just say, "okay, so, let's make Sam and Dean incapable of harming any female on the series (even if it's an enraged harpy that's about to rip their faces off and eat a nursery full of babies), if demons had one ounce of sense, well, they'd only pick female hosts. Problem solved. Satan rules the world." Show over.
Maybe it's just me, but when people reach too far (by making claims that Dean's testosterone-driven frenzy against the femme-demon would have propelled him into tearing off her clothes and raping that demon right out of her), yeah, that's going to be met with intensity. Everyone has a right to their opinions. My opinion is that I just so happen to disagree (vehemently) with someone else's.
God forbid a woman who has taken women's studies (and considers herself and most of the populace feminist), actually recognize that there is a difference between promoting violence against women and simply telling a story about a dude (or dudes) fighting a demon and wanting to save the world. Maybe society has become numb against supernatural creatures. Aww, that demon must have goodness inside, just like the sparkling vampires and Sookie's "fairy vagina" (thank you Pam). But, this is Supernatural. Hunters kill stuff. Demons, werewolves, vampires, even fairies. Gender makes no difference to them. It never has. It never should. Otherwise, they would utterly suck at what they do.
What? Well, what's keeping them from running out and gang-raping women who might or might not be vampires or sprites or hookers at truck stops? Well, they're the gor'ram Winchesters. Even at Dean and Sam's darkest (and we're talking stuck in a cell with Satan and being tortured for fun kind of "darkest"), they're not rapists. I think the creative team has done enough work to show that at the very least.
Before I'm accused of accosting the board with my hysteria, I will say that Kevin Tran is absolutely the biggest bucket of awesome that I have seen since the GhostFacers. But, one could argue that because they made him male, well, women must not be smart enough to be neither gifted academically nor capable of divine destiny.
Oh, and as for the blondes, that went over my head. It's been a long time since season 1. I may go back and check that out now. That said, this is the CW network. Lots of blondes. Either way, I can stomach it, especially given my love for later incarnations of Meg (and Bella, rest her soul). Jo was a blonde, but she was awesome. I don't see her awesomeness being any different because of her hair color. She just is. Awesome. Period.
Edited by ZombieWife, 05 May 2012 - 11:27 PM.