During the Vancon panel, someone asked Alaina Huffman about her thoughts on Abaddon as a feminist icon.
She seemed kind of uncomfortable with the amount of violence and misogyny directed at her character, saying that it felt like ‘the writers were treating me as their personal therapy by putting me through all this stuff… They stabbed me, cut my head off, shot me, called me all these dirty names"…
She also talked about how she remembered feeling really discomfited by the guns and being shot in the face and stabbed in her first episode, and saying “can you do that?” about what her character went through, at least once.
Apparently they told her that ‘oh yeah, it’s okay, because she’s a monster’.
Mark Sheppard, I believe, talked about how the death scene of Abaddon was initially more violent than it appeared in the show, if I heard correctly, and that she ‘pretty much blew up’ with ‘blood everywhere’.
Alaina also talked about how Abaddon was a bit of a ‘strong female character’, in the sense that she was strong, and not much else, and while that’s ‘fine sometimes’, she had to really work to bring out the layers in her character.
Also talked about Josie Sands herself, existing in the male dominated time and secret society, and ‘glass ceilings’, there…
Mark Sheppard also discussed the lack of good roles for female characters,and how it’s hard for women especially to get roles ‘with legs’ where the character has ‘unshallow motivations and ideals’, and they aren’t ‘just a pretty face’.
Alaina Huffman also paused at one point, as if she wasn’t sure if she should mention it, then talked a bit about how she has seen a lot of fans discussing and critiquing the sexism and misogyny on Supernatural, on a fairly widespread basis.
It was very much phrased in a ‘I see what you are saying, I hear you, I agree”, kind of way, and it all made me incredibly happy, because these are conversations that need to be had more often in fandom.
*may be paraphrasing a bit, this is all from memory*