Speaker for the Living Human Trafficking Programmable Slaves in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

Programmable Slaves in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

Seth and JJ discuss Joss Whedon’s most controversial work, Dollhouse, which intersects with themes of human trafficking, prostitution, ownership, identity, and consent. While it’s been 10 years since Dollhouse debuted for a two season run, Dollhouse’s complex portrayal of trafficking is still good for a nuanced conversation of the issues.


  • Dollhouse, Hulu
  • Why Dollhouse Really Is Joss Whedon’s Greatest Work, Gizmodo
  • In defence of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, Den of Geek
  • Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity – Edited by Sherry Ginn, Alyson R. Buckman, and Heather M. Porter
  • lnside Joss’ Dollhouse – Edited by Jane Espenson
  • Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist’s Explorations of the Sacred – Edited by Anthony R. Mills, John W. Morehead, and J. Ryan Parker
  • Joss Whedon Versus the Corporation: Big Business Critiqued in the Films and Television Programs – Erin Giannini
  • The Philosophy of Joss Whedon – Edited by Dean A. Kowalski and S. Evan Kreider
  • Reading Joss Whedon – Edited by Rhonda V. Wilcox, Tanya R. Cochran, Cynthea Masson, and David Lavery


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