Excerpt from my close reading:
“This significance is reinforced mere seconds later in the sequence as Buffy approaches the classroom in which Cordelia and her friends are gathered. The classroom is brightly lit, much like the outside scenes, and quite colorful. Buffy gazes longingly into the room through the window. This gaze from the outside in the dark into a well-lit room represents Buffy’s hope for a return to a “normal” or traditional feminine role. She wishes to abandon the hunt and her undesired masculine role and operate only within her feminine expectations.”
Failed Social Feminism counterpoint: Longing for traditional gender roles (and the misery of leaving them)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is probably the least offending to social feminist sensibilities out of all of Joss Whedon’s works. The creation of a pop culture icon that is a strong female is incredibly powerful as it relates to social feminism goals. Yet, to achieve this Whedon had to put typical and entrenched gender roles on display to the masses. Buffy herself longs for these roles – as discussed in the excerpt.