Dollhouse had the actives sign contracts.
Where does that put the show where consent is concerned?
Dollhouse TV Show Panel. This episode is another panel from Dragon Con 2013: “Does a Contract negate Non-Consent?”
That’s a wordy one, but it’s a panel from the WhedonUniverse Track, discussing the world of Joss Whedon’s short-lived Dollhouse TV show starring Eliza Dushku.
Even though this discussion is more about the world of that Caroline, the actives, and the Dollhouse exist in, I do want to sound the spoiler alert for anyone who has not watched both seasons of the show.
Additionally, this panel gets into ethics, the philosophy of law, and the question of personhood, as well as topics like coercion, consent, bodily autonomy, violence, abuse, and even rape. So if you are uncomfortable listening to discussion of those topics, you might want to skip this one.
This is a live panel recording, of a discussion that was kind of audience-driven, and in a room close to a major road, so there is ambient noise. It happens. Since we on the panel introduce ourselves, I won’t do that now, but if you’re a big podcast-listener, you might recognize the voice of Kevin Bachelder of Tuning into Sci-Fi TV (among other podcasts).
Personally, I can say that this is one of my favorite panels that I’ve ever been a part of, and I was fascinated all over again when I re-listened to it the other day. I hope you enjoy it to!