- Feb 11, 2018
I so LOVE the Faith x Robin analogy. I see a few people here who really hated Robin in that scene & seem to read him as a misogynist. But I never read it like that. I thought it was a fun scene, but you broke it down & explained it in a way I never could.I think that Robin used the only strategy available to get through Faith. As much as I love Buffy, I’ve always been fascinated (and somewhat jealous) of Faith’s self-confidence. But I think that there’s a consensus that Faith’s personality is probably the outcome of a rough life. Faith takes from people and shields herself. Faith doesn’t trust and she says so, she’s a loner.
From my point of view, Faith is really thrown off sometimes by people’s responses, but never enough for allowing herself to trust. The two examples that I have in mind are during the body swap. She’s thrown off when Joyce shows compassion for Faith (or course, Joyce doesn’t know that Faith is using Buffy’s body) and the same happens with Riley, he’s sweet and loving, not just looking for hot sex.
I think Robin reads her well. He’s into her, but the only way of getting through her shield is by playing in her terms. She immediately assumes that once sex is on the table, nothing else matter, men only want her body. So, Robin, who’s also bracingly confident, cannot be sweet or romantic, or very forward (sexually), that would only make Faith retreat. Instead he’s just as cynical as she is, and that gets her attention. I see the comment that he’s hotter than her as a tongue-in-cheek remark. And the comment regarding their night together is the second bait to make her open up. But instead of accepting having sex with her in that moment, he offers her the possibility of surprising her in they survive.
IMO, he’s not undermining her self-worth. I see the opposite. I see him telling her, you are more than a pretty girl with a great body, and I’d like you to give me a chance to show you that not all men are bad. I honestly don’t see another way of getting through Faith’s shield.
Do you think that there was a better way of getting through her?
I also read it as Robin throwing similar cavalier attitude back to her due to that sometimes being her language. Faith placed her self worth on her looks & sexuality. And she eventually started to embrace her "sexual power" over men by turning the tables & becoming the hunter herself.
She uses guys the way they used her. Rather than stay a victim of guys lying their way into her pants & dropping her, she started making her sexuality a weapon by just having fun, then cutting the line before the guys could. And Robin fell into that category. Faith was getting better & I don't think she had malevolent intent to Robin, but she is still jaded & thinks guys don't / won't have any interest in her beyond sex. So after their night together, it was a case of "it happened" with Faith. But Robin liked her for more than that and he spoke her language to get it across. Faith thought he just wanted another round in the sack. And he was telling her he wasn't that desperate. He wanted her for more than just her being a hot chick.