Be a big geek and fight violence against women

One of my favorite dead TV shows is Joss Whedon’s Firefly, which was criminally cut short halfway through its first season.  It got some justice with the well-received feature film Serenity, but there’s little hope we’ll see more adventures of Cap’n Mal and his cohorts.

Why am I telling you this?  Because the legions of Firefly fans (who call themselves “Browncoats” and organize themselves into “Brigades”) are gettin’ their geek on for a good cause.  Theatres around the world are sponsoring special screenings of Serenity, and the proceeds go to Joss (creator of Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer)  Whedon’s favorite cause: Equality Now, an organization that “works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world through the mobilization of public pressure.”

Visit to find a screening near you.

Visit to learn more about this vital cause and how you can contribute.

If you’re in Atlanta (like me) visit for more on our local screening (coming up Sunday, September 28th, 6PM at the historic Plaza Theatre – I’ll be there. albeit not in costume).

There are two ways to fight a battle like ours. One is to whisper in the ear of the masses, try subtlely and gradually to change the gender expectations and mythic structures of our culture. That’s me. The other is to step up and confront the thousands of atrocities that are taking place around the world on an immediate, one-by-one basis. That’s a great deal harder, and that’s Equality Now. It’s not about politics; it’s about basic human decency.

– Joss Whedon

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