Sunderland student flies to America to discuss feminism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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A WEARSIDE student is jetting to America for a conference about a popular vampire show.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a hit show which attracted millions of viewers.

Now University of Sunderland student Chloé Campbell will fly to the US to speak about whether it had a feminist message.

Chloé was invited to the event in Chicago next week after an international journal saw her work on the subject on a University of Sunderland website, reprinted it and asked her to come and talk to an audience on the subject.

The show tells the tale of Buffy Summers, played by Sarah Michelle-Gellar, who is the latest in the line of female vampire slayers. Chloé, a third-year English and American Studies student, said: “I’ve been such a massive Buffy fan.

“It was always such a successful show and I was drawn in further by the strong female ethos.

“A lot of times the majority of female characters on American television shows only appear to serve as love interests, but this is not the case for Buffy.

“The show also dispels the assumption of what it means to be a feminist.

“The cultural assumption that feminists are man-hating, butch and hairy is challenged by the feminine, heterosexual feminist of Buffy.”

Steve Watts, head of the Department of Culture at the university, said: “Chloé will represent the university in Chicago, which is a tremendous opportunity for her, but also for the university’s global reach.”