kikimay: (Vengeance is what I am)
 

More on the fact that I would really liked to be a Vengeance Demon, no kiddin'. Although that's very bad and I'm a sinner. 

I have thoughts and meta-ish suggestions I would like to write down. Also because it's almost Easter here and I'm DOING NOTHING, YAY! *squees* 


I've always been curious about Anya and vengeance demons and the fact that, among the creatures of the Buffyverse, they are listed as "bad guys". Demons a slayer needs to slay. Of course, we understand that they cause many troubles and they can rewrite the fabric of reality with great consequences like death, loss, evil. 

As watchers, our first encounter with Anya reveals her horrible demon face and we immediately get the message of EVIL + BAD. Later, we meet D'Hoffryn, who is the demon boss of Anya (And Halfrek) and he's almost a monster, a guy who decides to kill one of his best servant just to punish another. So you know: ultimately these vengeance demons, who are women, are controlled and punished by a male and restricted in their capacity to choose action.

And maybe the whole moral of the story is that you can't fight Patriarchy by using the Patriarchy Tools (Violence, abuse, revenge ...) and the Slayer needs to build a different and better system for both men and women. Okay, okay.

But still, I'm curious.

First of all, vengeance demons seem to persue some sort of primal and, yes, violent but effectual form of justice. The justice you can read about in the Old Testament, when God punishes evil deeds with blood and loss. Evolving as society, we understood the deep violence and damage behind this form or retribution and yet, for centuries this was society's justice. Our law. 

Vengeance demons usually take the side of the victims, the ones who didn't have a voice until recent times: women and children (Halfrek, apparently, has "daddy issues" and so she sides with kids) The punished ones are men who are, also usually, guilty. Of course, we could open a whole discussion about how unfair it all is and I agree ... but let's stick with this for a sec.

One thing about Anya that is always played as "comedy thingy" is her hatred for men, her conviction that men and especially unfaithful men need to be punished for their deeds. In our modern and more evolved society, we would totally say: "The guy is a jerk, just leave him" and everything would be fine, hopefully. Anya is mocked because she doesn't seem to grasp this concept and she seems also petty in wanting to punish all men.

Losing a man in pre-modern society - losing a husband - was one of the most terrible things that could occur to a woman. I'm not talking about love and stuff, I'm talking about MONETARY ISSUES.

Women were forbitten to work in most places, they could aspire only to a poorly paid and unstable job (Such as spinster in the cities). If they were with children, this job couldn't have been sufficient to feed them. Having a husband meant stability, economical entries, social recognition, social status. And while for the man the wife wasn't that important, for a woman her whole life changed with marriage. She was "the wife of ..." and so it was a fundamental event in terms of social reasons too and status.

When Luther did the whole scism thing in Europe, and stuff was going a bit crazy because of religion, the authorities at first didn't do a battle also on marriage between Catholics and Protestants or whatever, mostly because for the aristocracy the primary issue regarding marriage was STATUS + POLITICAL ALLIANCE. The religious difference wasn't that important when it came to create a perfect heir for a noble house and the wife was supposed to stick with the husband even if he belonged to a different confession.

The wife must obey to the husband, of course. On that issue both Catholic and Lutherans agreed.

From the actual reports of early courts instituted for women and family law, the wives didn't ask much for divorce but they asked more that the husband was forced to come back with them, to stick to his promises. The wives needed a steady income and having a husband was the only solution for that. In Russia, there are reports of actual separation between the spouses but not divorce, also for monetary reasons. Let's add that, in Russia, poor women were sold as slaves with their eventual kids, in case of huge debts or inabilty to provide for themselves. (No to say that pre-modern Russia was evil, because things weren't that better in other Europeans countries either)

It was important was Anyanka was doing there. By punishing the unfaithful husband she didn't necessarily enforce the marriage institution, she just provided a court of Justice for all those women who couldn't speak up for themselves and couldn't economically provide for themselves.

Not that the crimes of women on women didn't exist. Many witch hunts apparently started among the ladies: one women accused another to poison her milk, to be responsible for her child's illness/death and so on.

Again, Anyanka seems equally eager to punish a woman for the crimes done against another woman. The status of a victim - the loss of economic and social status - justify her action against the perpetrator. 

Status: very important in pre-modern society. History researches actually tell us that unmarried women, poor and single women who came from the country to the big cities to find a job were questioned. Not much about their faith or religious beliefs (Even if, in 1500/1600 Europe was at war because of that), but mostly because without a man they were like beasts without a master and so suspicious and potentially dangerous. 

It's interesting to see that economical and social reasons are intrinsecally linked in women's life and marriage is the crucial changing point for both. Anya doesn't really make a distinction: the damage inflicted could be either social (Cordelia who is isolated by her lady friends) and or economic, the perpetuator must be punished all the same.

I really think it would be SO COOL to explore more of the Vengeance Demons' universe and their ethical code and how Anyanka acted and processed things during her whole run as "patron saint of the women scorned". Again, great importance on economic issues, I think: we saw her basically trigger the Revolution? And Anya is very focused on money - again played as funny stuff.

IMO it's a pity that the Buffyverse just focus on the emotional/sentimental angle - the women scorned, the emotional wound - which is also important, clearly, but I wouldn't have been the reason to trigger such hate and desire of revenge in the past. Not just that. 


kikimay: (If the apocalypse comes beep me)



Guys, how are you?

I have made a huge mistake. Once again, I have consumed too much caffeine in one day and I had a moment of true ditziness (Does this word exists?). Now that I'm feeling much calmer and as I wait for Morpheus to guide me in the land of joy and dreams, I came here to do the penultimate BtVS ladies HAIR CELEBRATION POST, with the actual QUEEN of changing hairstyle and color: Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins. (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧

When will your faves be so smart and beautiful at once?

The actress who plays Anya, Emma Caufield, is actually one of the Chosen Ones. Into every generation, a girl who can pull off both blond and brunette hair and, AND, I believe that red would look great on her too. When will us all, really?

Since Anya changed her hair the most during the five season she was on the show, this will be a long post.

Brace yourself for the hair porn


Also, did you see what I did with the TITLE? *grins* )



kikimay: (The hardest thing in the world)
My laptop is doing strange noises again, as I very very recently said.

Meanwhile I took the afternoon off and out of pure fangirl euphoria I made my second Buffyverse video. It's called Bad Habit, like the Dresden Dolls' song I used to make it. It's about self-harm and violence against yourself.

Note: I wanted to use different bits for Cordelia, like that scene in which she saw the scar on her back or another in which she took some painkillers, but I only have few Angel episodes and it's boring to wait to make things. I like to do them in the heat of the moment, so I used some other scenes. I hope that they work anyway.

And that's it. I hope you all like it. It's my second attempt. This time it was a little bit more difficult because the music was different, faster, and I had to keep up. But it was also fun.

I also have to thank [livejournal.com profile] red_satin_doll for her encouragement and just her constant support. Just yesterday we were talking about these ideas for new fanvids.

So here it is. Warning: self-harm and violence.


EDIT: The technology must hate me. Here the address of the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnResUGq7_I


And now I can return to feel guilty for not studying.
kikimay: (Brain nerve and bounding heart)
Hi everybody! I'm posting now because, apparently, today my brain won't agree to do anything productive as studying or something else (I tried to translate the Spuffy fic but I got bored as soon as I opened the file) so why don't talk about Buffyverse which is the coolest thing ever?

(Maybe I'll translate later. Mh.)


Day 1: Favorite Season
Day 2: Favorite Episode
Day 3: Favorite Song Used In An Episode
Day 4: Favorite Female Character
Day 5: Least Favorite Female Character
Day 6: Favorite Male Character
Day 7: Least Favorite Male Character
Day 8: Favorite Friendship
Day 9: Favorite Romance
Day 10: Least Favorite Season
Day 11: Least Favorite Romance
Day 12: Least Favorite Episode
Day 13: Favorite Potential Slayer
Day 14: Favorite Female Villain
Day 15: Favorite Male Villain
Day 16: Episode You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 17: Character You Relate To The Most
Day 18: Character Who Didn’t Get Enough Screen Time
Day 19: Character You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 20: Best Spike-centric Episode
Day 21: Best Willow-centric Episode
Day 22: Best Xander-centric Episode
Day 23: Two Characters You Wanted To Get Together That Never Did
Day 24: Hottest scene
Day 25: Favorite Buffyverse Saying
Day 26: Favorite Scooby Moment
Day 27: Cutest Moment
Day 28: Character You Love To Hate
Day 29: Episode You Hate That Everyone Else Loves
Day 30: What You Think Made Buffy So Great

Anya is a smart chick )


kikimay: (Spike is pretty)



Hi guys!
First of all I want to show you the new Angel&Faith covers: here at SlayAlive. I know that many of you rightfully hate the comics, but this year the art is so good! (If only were good also the stories ...) I just love these new two covers, especially the one with Angel and Nadira. It makes me think about chivalry: the fact that Angel wants to be the hero of the story and he wants to please the dame (And this time the belle dame sans merci is Nadira, who really is sans merci when it comes to him) Gorgeous art anyway.
Also meme!

Day 1: Favorite Season
Day 2: Favorite Episode
Day 3: Favorite Song Used In An Episode
Day 4: Favorite Female Character
Day 5: Least Favorite Female Character
Day 6: Favorite Male Character
Day 7: Least Favorite Male Character
Day 8: Favorite Friendship
Day 9: Favorite Romance
Day 10: Least Favorite Season
Day 11: Least Favorite Romance
Day 12: Least Favorite Episode
Day 13: Favorite Potential Slayer
Day 14: Favorite Female Villain
Day 15: Favorite Male Villain
Day 16: Episode You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 17: Character You Relate To The Most
Day 18: Character Who Didn’t Get Enough Screen Time
Day 19: Character You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 20: Best Spike-centric Episode
Day 21: Best Willow-centric Episode
Day 22: Best Xander-centric Episode
Day 23: Two Characters You Wanted To Get Together That Never Did
Day 24: Hottest scene
Day 25: Favorite Buffyverse Saying
Day 26: Favorite Scooby Moment
Day 27: Cutest Moment
Day 28: Character You Love To Hate
Day 29: Episode You Hate That Everyone Else Loves
Day 30: What You Think Made Buffy So Great

I love all the one-liners, help me! )






kikimay: (Anya is asking)


Good evening - or morning, I don't know - everyone. It's time for me to rant about least favorite romances!
Day 1: Favorite Season
Day 2: Favorite Episode
Day 3: Favorite Song Used In An Episode
Day 4: Favorite Female Character
Day 5: Least Favorite Female Character
Day 6: Favorite Male Character
Day 7: Least Favorite Male Character
Day 8: Favorite Friendship
Day 9: Favorite Romance
Day 10: Least Favorite Season
Day 11: Least Favorite Romance
Day 12: Least Favorite Episode
Day 13: Favorite Potential Slayer
Day 14: Favorite Female Villain
Day 15: Favorite Male Villain
Day 16: Episode You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 17: Character You Relate To The Most
Day 18: Character Who Didn’t Get Enough Screen Time
Day 19: Character You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 20: Best Spike-centric Episode
Day 21: Best Willow-centric Episode
Day 22: Best Xander-centric Episode
Day 23: Two Characters You Wanted To Get Together That Never Did
Day 24: Hottest scene
Day 25: Favorite Buffyverse Saying
Day 26: Favorite Scooby Moment
Day 27: Cutest Moment
Day 28: Character You Love To Hate
Day 29: Episode You Hate That Everyone Else Loves
Day 30: What You Think Made Buffy So Great


I used the plural because of reasons )


EDIT: Wait, stop! If we consider the comics ... Xander and Dawn. Xander and Dawn more than everyone. More than Warren being Amy's boyfriend. (?) More than everything. Dawn deserves better.
kikimay: (Good face)
Second day of the meme. I was thinking to do this post tomorrow *already slipping* But I love you guys and I love to read your thoughts about BtVS.

But first of all let me tell you about me crying for tv-shows. I don't know if anyone in my f-list is watching True Detective. Today I saw the last episode of this season and I cried. I found it so beautiful and moving. The final scene reminded me a verse from The Divine Comedy. Amazing. Plus, I also watched the final episode of Looking (first season, still on HBO) and I found it touching and also beautiful.
Basically I cry a lot for stuff I like. I'm a crybaby when it comes to touching stories. And that brings me to my next topic.


Day 1: Favorite Season
Day 2: Favorite Episode
Day 3: Favorite Song Used In An Episode
Day 4: Favorite Female Character
Day 5: Least Favorite Female Character
Day 6: Favorite Male Character
Day 7: Least Favorite Male Character
Day 8: Favorite Friendship
Day 9: Favorite Romance
Day 10: Least Favorite Season
Day 11: Least Favorite Romance
Day 12: Least Favorite Episode
Day 13: Favorite Potential Slayer
Day 14: Favorite Female Villain
Day 15: Favorite Male Villain
Day 16: Episode You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 17: Character You Relate To The Most
Day 18: Character Who Didn’t Get Enough Screen Time
Day 19: Character You Like That Everyone Else Hates
Day 20: Best Spike-centric Episode
Day 21: Best Willow-centric Episode
Day 22: Best Xander-centric Episode
Day 23: Two Characters You Wanted To Get Together That Never Did
Day 24: Hottest scene
Day 25: Favorite Buffyverse Saying
Day 26: Favorite Scooby Moment
Day 27: Cutest Moment
Day 28: Character You Love To Hate
Day 29: Episode You Hate That Everyone Else Loves
Day 30: What You Think Made Buffy So Great

Favourite episode )
kikimay: (Buffy'smile)



Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] eilowyn for pimping THIS now it's totally canon, people.

Anya thought that Buffy was hot. Let the femslash/threesome with Spike fanfics begin! XD (Seriously, I adore Anya. I think I'm going to rewatch Selfless <3)

kikimay: (Buffy blue)
My hair is the shortest ever and it's cool! I feel very androgynous, even if I'm actually pretty feminine, I think, in my general look. (I wear a lot of things with flowers and pink stuff. Sorry! I like flowers <3)
And talking about feminine (?) I was actually thinking about Anya and her system of belief.
In SlayAlive there's a very interesting discussion about Xander and why we judge him so harshly for his mistakes. Personally I don't think I judge Xander harder than he deserves. I really have big problems with his constant slut-shaming and with his judgemental way to speak to Anya, Buffy and Willow. He seems to me a very selfish person and, many times, a complete jerk. And I'm talking about those times he blamed Buffy for sleeping with a vampire. It may be understandable, but I don't think that a friend who judges your sexual behaviour like that is a good friend. And I'm personally angry because while Buffy or Willow or Anya are always accountable for their mistakes and they have to face consequences, critics and insicurities, Xander is always justified by the show. He doesn't have to think about his selfishness.
I don't also see Xander as the empathic, hearthy one, I'm sorry. Most of the times he just tells the things I want to believe. He doesn't fucking listen. Example: Buffy's breaking with Riley. Xander comes and makes the amazing speech about love and stuff, but he doesn't know a thing about Briley later episodes (Does he know about Riley being with vampires? Does he listen to Buffy? He buys without question Riley's version) What kind of empathic person is he? Empathy implies listening the other person and putting himself in his shoes. I don't believe that Xander is actually an empathic person.
But, I'm getting to the point, the discussion involved also the behavior towards soulless vampires and, of course, Anya, because she was a really powerful vengeance demon and Xander was in love with her!
I mean, why being so judgemental about Buffy's lovelife and don't tell about his lovelife with an ex demon!
I feel that Xander is, somehow, very hypocritical.
But, let's talk also about differences: Angel and Spike were dangerous and still vampires, Angel did kill a Scoobie and Spike was plotting with Adam against the Scoobies; Anya was a fully human girl and totally harmless. I think that, as human, she was entitled to being protected by the Slayer.
AND HERE COMES THE MAIN ISSUE: Anya, as human, was still judgeable for her previous crimes as vengeance demon?
Anya, as demon, killed and tortured many people, maybe many more than Angel and Spike. She had a soul, as we understand, so she wasn't a monster without freewill, as for example soulless Spike: she had the freewill shiny spark.
Are the Scoobies hypocritical protecting her? Is Anya even sorry about her past crimes? She talks about them gleefully and without remorse.
Now. Brace yourself because here comes my opinion about Anya, her past as vengeance demon and Buffy.

1) Anya became a human girl in S3. Buffy was right to protect her: the Slayer deals with supernatural forces and her mission is to kill vampires and demons, not human. She doesn't mess with human justice.

2) Buffy wanted to kill Anyanka in S7, after what she did at the campus. She isn't in anyway an hypocrite, to me, because she applied the rule: the Slayer deals with supernatural = Anya was a supernatural evil force = the Slayer kills Anya.
Xander is very hypocritical, because he was cheering about Angel's death and now he wants to make an exception for his ex-girlfriend. Xander uses double-standars.

3) Anya isn't remorseful about her past as vengeance demon.
I don't think she should be. Really. I think that Anya is responsable because vengeance demons do have a soul, but they don't apply human law or human logic. And, even if they apply it, does anybody remember the history of Law and justice system? It's a pretty ancient history and it always evolves with social, economical and political pressures. As vengeance demon, Anya was applying a code, a system of rules. And vengeance was, in fact, the first form of social justice. You break my leg, I break yours= first regolamentation ever about violence and assults. Vengeance is the primitive form of Justice. Now, let's talk about the categories "protected" by vengeance demons: we saw Anya protecting women and Halfrek protecting children. Two categories abused by the ancient system of law. Read the Bible, if you wanna know how to fix a rape (=with marriage). Creepy, huh? But that was ancient justice. We can't judge past regulamentations with our modern eyes. Law changed, society changed and we changed. Anya was living in a different society. A society in which women had absolutely no rights according to the human law and they can have a chance of being protected by vengeance demons.
I'm not justify vengeance. I hope it's clear. I'm just trying to think as Anya. Anya isn't remorseful because she has a different and ancient mentality and she doesn't see justice in a way Willow or Buffy or we can see it.
That said, Anya gradually evolves in her view of humanity, justice and vengeance. She chooses to fight for Buffy because she thinks that humans deserve to win. I really don't think that she's a cruel serial killer who doesn't feel remorse for her crimes and I don't think she's hypocrite.
In my humble opinion, Anya is way cooler than Xander. Way way cooler. And she does understand many things! She invented commerce in her barbarian village as human! (I'm using the "barbarian" adjective as the Romans used it) She feels that she applied some form of justice because, in a way, she really was. So, this is my opinion about Anya and vengeance and justice. I also think she's got amazing hair.
---> 3a) Halfrek calls the vengeance demons "justice demons". (Thanks to McJulie and Zanthinegirl)

I should have an Anya icon. Because she's amazing. I should try to search for one.

Ps: bunnies tastes incredibly good "alla cacciatora"

Tasty food )
kikimay: (Spike is pretty)
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