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Like a typical human rapist, Spike is chargeable for his personal aggression. Violence and Feminism the first kind of evil that Buffy is termed upon to struggle is symbolic of rape, that is symbolic of women’s oppression. as a result, I recommend that Buffy’s struggle is, in flip, symbolic of the struggle opposed to women’s oppression. Feminist discussions of the ethics of violence frequently concentrate on men’s violence opposed to girls. One exception is Bat-Ami Bar On’s “Violent our bodies. ”67 Bar On explores Hannah Arendt’s On Violence, which warns that violence ordinarily ends up in extra violence. even if this caution is comparable to King’s “The previous legislation of an eye fixed for an eye fixed leaves every body blind,”68 Arendt, in contrast to King, accepts the occasional necessity of violence. Her obstacle is that doing violence habituates the agent, who then turns into extra susceptible to do violence the following time round. simply because this can be neither potent nor fascinating, she believes that using violence is appropriate in basic terms in pursuit of non permanent ambitions. in accordance with Arendt, “If ambitions aren't accomplished swiftly, the end result could be now not purely defeat however the advent of the perform of violence into the entire physique politic. ”69 equally, Bar On means that a readiness to struggle is the results of perform and habituation. therefore, a readiness to struggle includes a corresponding probability of scuffling with. 26 evidently, Buffy is definitely practiced, good habituated, and able to struggle. in line with Bar On’s description, Buffy is ready to act speedy simply because she seems to be for chance. while she sees it earlier than it turns into seen to others, notwithstanding, she is usually accused of blurring the boundary among truth and fiction. examine her response to her Mother’s new boyfriend within the episode, “Ted. ” Buffy doesn't notice that Ted is an evil cyborg, yet she does notice that there's whatever very mistaken approximately him. Her suspicions aren't proven until eventually after she fights him with enough strength to kill a normal person. equally, in “Living Conditions,” her collage roommate, Kathy, will get on her nerves, and Buffy concludes that she is evil. Her neighbors are understandably involved whilst she resolves to struggle what seems to be an unremarkable collage pupil. they aren't relieved in their main issue while Buffy issues out that Kathy’s toenail clippings proceed turning out to be when they were minimize. certainly, the truth that Buffy could study her roommate’s nail clippings moves them as facts of her paranoia. because it seems, Kathy is, certainly, a demon. In Buffy’s case, we will be able to simply desire that her Slayer senses are actual adequate to maintain her from hurting blameless humans. with out the good thing about superpowers, although, a readiness to struggle raises the possibility of utilizing violence while one aren't. Bar On acknowledges the issues linked to the construction of violent our bodies, even if it truly is justified by means of feminist ends:A feminist can't only have a good time the transgressive extra that she creates in the course of the construction of her personal or different violent girls [sic] our bodies.