The television series ?Buffy the Vampire Slayer?, derived from an early 1990s film by the same name, has given birth to the new figure in popular teen culture: The Slayer. Joss Whedons teen vampire slayer, Buffy, and her band of accomplices are appealing because they operate within the boundaries of our own culture, albeit with our anxieties taking the form of demons. The slayer has become a metaphor for taking control in the all-too-confusing world of Teenage Youth. This essay will explore this theme and how it contributes to the shows popularity on television. In doing so, it will also examine the “Girl Power” wave of the mid-nineties, and its impact on the character of Buffy as part of its larger media impact, as well as Buffys impact on the portrayal of young women on television and beyond. Added to this girl power, is the popular eternal theme used to obvious effect is good conquering evil.

In the past women have been restricted to roles that are considered ?traditional?. Roles associated with traits including emotionality, prudence and compliance, where the males were portrayed through their

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