Is Joss Whedon's Dollhouse A Statement About Prostitution?

I always figured I would hate Joss Whedon, which is surprising based on the fact that I have enjoyed most of his work.  After seeing him speak at the Dollhouse panel this weekend at Comic-Con I can say for sure that I actually really enjoyed him and wish him no malice.

While promoting his new Fox series Dollhouse, Whedon managed to be both funny and insightful about his show, making it as a creative person in the entertainment industry and life in general.  In fact probably more so than any other panelist.

The most interesting point that Whedon made about his new show, Dollhouse, was the unlimited possibilities associated with characters that quite literally have their mind wiped when their job is done.

These for-hire bombshells show up with a blank slate, perform the task they are hired to do - which can vary from being the perfect date, cracking safes or fulfilling the sexual fantasies of whomever they've been hired to please.

It's an interesting premise as the "Dolls" are being hired to complete assignments without the ability to ever be able to acknowledge what they've done after their mission has been completed.  The premise alone will open the door for a variety of story lines and issues to be dealt with.

Whedon said that Eliza Dushku's character, Echo will deal with a lot this season, and mainly with issues that are painful. I suppose painful is one way to put it based on the fact that sometimes the dolls or 'actives' will be pimped out for various reason and then have their memory erased.

This sounds a bit like a night of heavy drinking... Only no one will chime in to tell you what to be regretful about. I'm really excited to see this all play out.  Is this the ultimate form of feminism? To go beyond your ability to make decisions by giving implicit authority over your memory to someone else?  Or is it truly a basic form of prostitution, selling a woman for a multitude of reasons, including sex?  I guess we'll have to wait and find out.

Dollhouse premieres on the Fox network on this Friday, February 13th.

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