Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of my favorite shows. It is smart, funny, and emotionally dramatic. Its creator, Joss Whedon, is a self-proclaimed feminist and many of the show’s themes deal with empowerment and equality. However, I have some issues with the way the character of Dawn is treated. It is my personal belief that although the primary protagonist Buffy is treated well, the show presents ageism in the depiction of her sister Dawn.