Friday, October 30, 2009

We Need Equality ... Kinda Now

On the rare occasion I haven't discussed health care or torture or Republican idiocy in this blog, I've discussed the issue of gay rights. I'm a fierce advocate of gay rights, because I'm a firm believer in equality for all. To me, equality is not a political issue; it's a fundamental reality of the human condition.

Regardless of where you live, what color your skin is, who you love, what deity you worship or how you identify yourself in terms of sexual preference or gender ... we are all human beings, and we are deserving of the same rights and responsibilities. Women deserve equal pay with men. Gay couples deserve to marry, just as their heterosexual neighbors can. Pagans deserve the same right to worship as Christians.

Equality is something we all should agree upon, and the fact that we don't saddens me.

Writer Joss Whedon is another who's done his part for equality, particularly in terms of gender issues. Known mostly for the creation of strong female characters, Whedon is best known for the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He also created the short-lived TV series Firefly and its resultant feature film Serenity.

Whedon also created Dollhouse, which currently airs on FOX.

In 2006, Equality Now honored Whedon for his efforts. As a fan of (most of) his work, I understand and appreciate what Whedon tries to convey with regards to equality in his work. This isn't a political message, and it doesn't really relate directly to any of the topics currently being debated in this country, but Whedon's message resonates beyond his little world of vampires and space westerns and programmable people.

His words can also be applied to just about anything.

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