Buffy Art Historian: Conundrums
by Nandia Foteini Vlachou
ANYA: Willow thinks she’s in love with my boyfriend, R.J.
BUFFY: Willow, you’re a gay woman—and he isn’t.
WILLOW: This isn’t about his physical presence. It’s about his heart.
ANYA: His physical presence has a penis!
WILLOW: I can work around it!
season 7, episode 6, Him (written by Drew Z. Greenberg, created by Joss Whedon)
(artwork: Cherubino Alberti, A naked man [Ignudo], twisting towards the right, holding drapery, after Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgment’ fresco in the Sistine Chapel, 1580–90, engraving, 31.6 x 20.5 cm, The Metropolitan Museum, New York)