Alec looked at Magnus, who was three hundred years old but had always looked timeless, as if he had stopped getting older around the age of nineteen. Now there were sharp lines cut into the skin around his eyes and mouth. His hair hung lankly over his forehead, and the slump in his shoulders was not his usual careless posture but true exhaustion.
Alec put his hands out. They were pale in the moonlight, wrinkled from water and dotted with dozens of silver scars. Magnus looked down at them, and then back at Alec, confusion darkening his gaze.
“Take my hands,” Alec said. “And take my strength too. Whatever of it you can use to—to keep yourself going.”
I find the Jossverse fandom’s opinions on Spike’s attempt to rape Buffy Summers in the “BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER” Season Six episode, “Seeing Red” very hypocritical. I can understand them being upset over Spike’s attempt to rape Buffy in that episode. But these same fans tend to turn a blind eye over the actions of other Buffyverse major characters.
These fans and critics turned a blind eye from Xander Harris’s attempt to rape Buffy back in the Season One episode, “The Pack”. They also turned a blind eye over the fact that Angel gave consent to the Powers To Be to wipe away Buffy’s memories of that one day in L.A. without her consent in the “ANGEL” Season One episode, “I Will Remember You” . Instead, they try to transform Angel’s action into a romantic gesture, instead of recognizing as another example of him enforcing his will upon Buffy. Three years later, Angel gave consent to the evil law firm, Wolfram & Hart to have his son Connor wiped away from his friends’ memories … without their consent, in the Season Four episode, “Home”.
Willow Rosenberg actually committed rape when she a) used magic to wipe away her girlfriend Tara Maclay’s memories in the “BUFFY” Season Six episode, “All the Way”, and exploited the memory wipe to have sex with her in the following episode, “Once More With Feelings”. Whenever people talk about Willow and Tara, they rarely include this rape. And yes, even Buffy was guilty of attempted rape. She tried to rape Spike when she was invisible in the Season Six episode, “Gone”. She shoved him against the wall of his crypt and proceeded to tear off his clothes. Only when he recognized her voice, did they have consented sex. I find it disgusting that David Fury wrote this scene as comedy relief.
If you want to condemn Spike for attempted rape, fine. But he is not the only Mutant Enemy major character who is guilty. Others are … including Buffy herself. To continuously focus on Spike’s crime and ignore the similar crimes committed by the other Buffyverse major characters, including Buffy’s, strikes me as the worst kind of hypocrisy.