Okay, short observation with an explanation.

As you may know, I’m doing my masters research paper on Buffy the Vampire Slayer; more specifically, I’m studying the bi-gendered nature of the character Spike and the hero’s quest (as defined by Joseph Campbell) he undergoes throughout the series — with possibly some observation of him as Buffy’s Shadow (as defined by Carl Jung).

All of that to say, I’m reading a bunch of articles on the series, as well as some background stuff on Campbell, masculinity, etc.

All of that to say, this particular line in the article “Fan Readings of Sex and Violence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” by Dawn Heinecken, amused me greatly:

“[Shippers, i.e., those that are fans of the Buffy/Spike relationship] interpret Spike’s interaction with the Buffybot, his robot sex toy, as evidence of his concern for Buffy’s pleasure, since his first act with it is to perform cunnilingus.”

I’m both amused, and now that I’m thinking about going back to watch the episode again, kinda fairly aroused… My first draft of my thesis proposal involved talking about dildos; I’m wondering if I can manage to work cunnilingus into my actual research paper.


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