June 23rd, 2012

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Can't Stop The Serenity 2012

If you don’t know what it is: every year on Joss Whedon’s birthday people worldwide put on screenings of Serenity, a film based on a cancelled TV show that by rights shouldn’t have been made but was, to raise money for Equality Now, who work globally to protect and promote human rights for women and girls.

Joss explains why equality is important, not just for women but for everybody, in his Equality Now award acceptance speech in 2006. ‘Why do you write these strong women characters?’ he keeps being asked and he answers in his own Joss way.

He also wrote When I Speak for Equality Now’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations:

The rest of the celebration, including other works by Joss, can be found HERE.

For the 2011 Can’t Stop The Serenity event Joss had this to say:

Recently I read Past the brink of tacit support: Fan activism and the Whedonverse by T R Cochran (2012), which is an academic article with some interesting thoughts. “Whedon inspires independent critical, thinkers,” according to Cochran, and Whedon fan activists “represent a growing population of grassroots media, cultural, and even sociopolitical reformers.”

Well, we do try. And it’s a beautiful thing to see.