Wonder Woman

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about things I love onscreen but the release of the historic Wonder Woman film seems like a good time as any.

Quick, spoiler free review on the film for those of you have not seen the film yet:

Firstly, despite what the reviews and critics are saying this is not a film that is close to perfection or ‘almost perfect’ as I have heard a few put it. Very, very, very few films are. HOWEVER, it is a film about hope and humanity and it delivers those two concepts extremely well to an audience who – let’s be honest- were probably starting to lose hope in humanity altogether which is a big part of why the film succeeds with such a large range of audiences. This film is for the comic book geeks, the DC geeks, the Marvel geeks (come on, even the Marvel actors, writers and filmmakers are on board), the feminists, the egalitarians (you know feminists are kind of the same thing right? but I digress), the children, men and women who have been waiting for a female led superhero movie (and also those that have not REALIZED they have been waiting). It’s a superhero film with a lot more warmth, hope and old school slow motion action than I have seen in a while. Trust me, you want to see this and you want to see it on a big screen.

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It’s on us

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Less than a month after Vice President Joe Biden penned an emotional letter to the woman sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, the White House has announced sweeping new rules for future visits to colleges campuses.

Under the policy, President Barack Obama, Biden, their wives and members of the Cabinet will no longer visit higher education institutions where officials are deemed to be doing a poor job tackling the troubling frequency of reported sexual assaults, according to The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin.

The move is the latest in a series of dramatic steps taken by the White House to make it easier for victims to report the crime and for schools to punish offenders.

(Source: Huffpost)

 

Hollywood Paychecks

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I’m all for gender equality and feminism and all that sweet stuff as most people know, but I heard something recently a bit controversial which seemed just as feminist as the cause to get women paid the same as men in Hollywood and it was:

“Here’s the problem. I run a business. People want to work for less money, I pay them less money. I don’t call them up and go, ‘Can I give you some more?’ The truth is that what women have to do is not work for less money, they have to walk away. People shouldn’t be so grateful for jobs. People should know what they’re worth and say no.”

Amy Pascal (former studio chief at Sony) in an interview with Tina Brown

I don’t need feminism…Yeah, right.

“The Antyodaya and  Swadhar schemes should have ensured a decent living for the widows. But, as a survey done by the District Legal Services Authority following an initiative by NALSA ( National Legal Services Authority) found, even the little earmarked for these widows is received only once in six months. Often, the funds get siphoned off, leaving these women to sing bhajans for Rs.4 a day and beg for a meal. In death, these women are denied a decent cremation. Their dead bodies are picked up by sweepers in gunny bags, and dumped into the river, after being crudely broken into pieces.

To make remarks about why they are there, and not in Bengal, Bihar or Odisha, where they belong to, is adding insult to injury. For someone who lives in the lap of luxury, unmindful of the humiliating living conditions of these poor widows who live in shabby places devoid of water and toilets, remarks like hers smack of plain mockery”.

Read more on Vrindavan widowhood here.

This is an extreme example of the reality faced by some widows in India.

For every single person- whether man, woman or child holding one of those ‘I don’t need feminism’ posters. Maybe you do need it, maybe you don’t. If you don’t need it, great for you but there are others out there who legitimately do need it. Be proud of whatever you have or are in life, but remember that disclaiming an ideology that promotes gender equality and equity can be harmful to those who still have a long climb ahead of them to equality. It’s one of the those things that really makes me angry. Many have been hurt, imprisoned, tortured, ostracised and even killed in the process of paving a way for both men and women to share greater equality.  It is a battle some believe have been won (at least in the Western world), I won’t delve into the extremely divided politics of Western feminism here but know that it is a war many brave souls are still fighting in many parts of the world. It is a reality for them, it may not be your reality but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Although I don’t agree with everything she says, Lorde sums up my feelings pretty well:

“I think women who say, ‘No, I’m not a feminist – I love men,’ I think that is just…You don’t know what it means. You think it means that, ‘I don’t shave under my arms, I burn my bras. Fuck men!’ How could you be so uneducated, and so unwilling to learn about something which is so important to you?”

So I would say f**k you to the ‘I don’t need feminism’ people because its easier, but I won’t. Instead of going into Hulk mode this time I would just like you to consider that even if you don’t think you need feminism, remember that you may not need it today because those who came before you fought for your rights against dangerous odds. And remember that while you may not think you need it, your fellow earthling on the other side of the world might be in dire need of it.