No, the thing about Ripper—the essence of it—is that the BBC came to me at one point like, “It doesn’t have to be Ripper. It can just be [Anthony Stewart Head], and there’s magic, and he’s Tony, cuz he’s awesome.” -Joss Whedon
Dear entertainment-enabling people: I would watch the shit out of this.
I will personally hunt you down using my fucking ridiculous tracking skills that I have honed for the past three decades as a government agent and come to your place of establishment. I will be happily eating an assortment of powdered and chocolate donuts as I rip your laptop from your tazed twitching fingers and I will be not so secretly amused as you drool into the carpet. I will delete all the spoiler posts as reruns of Supernanny play harmoniously in the background. Then I will proceed to stuff your body into my company S.H.I.E.L.D car where I will then have the Hulk ‘hulk smash’ you so that you are a gigantic mess for Mr.Stark’s Dummy to clean up. Then I will use my super secret assassins to dispose of what little remains of your body and erase your existence from this world.
We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him.
The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the physical ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly.
“But,” I continued. “As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.”
The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked.
“So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to.”