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• Trans women
• Trans men
• Intersex people
• The LGBTQ community
• Queer people of colour
• People with disabilities
• Autistic and neurodivergent people
• Sex workers
• Women of colour
• People with mental illness
• The Black Lives Matter movement
• The poor and homeless
• Male advocacy
• Sexual assault survivors (men and women)
• Muslim women (with or without the hijab)
• Jewish women
• Sikh women
I want to see more big girls as the stars of mainstream films, and owning every single person in the movie with their “I don’t give a damn about what you think, I’m beautiful and I know it” attitude. More shows with leads that are transgender women showing us how incredible they are in what they endure from society and conduct themselves with such admirable pride and strength. More women of colour centric tv shows highlighting all the struggles they must survive growing up. More autistic girls being protagonists of movies and showing people that autism can also mean kindness, intelligence and beauty if you take the time to understand that it’s a different system. I want more differently abled girls becoming superstars in tv shows with their positive attitudes to life, their incredible spirit and their immense compassion. I want mainstream films and tv shows to start making them the heroes they deserve to be. We need to show our children that heroes come on all kinds of bodies, all kinds of minds and that is something we should love and respect as a society. We need to make tv shows and films as diverse as they can be so our children and their children can understand themselves, love themselves, and treat each other with empathy.
Nikita Gill, On TV Shows And Movies And True Female Inclusivity
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Support christians, muslims, buddhists, hindus, jewish, girls of other religions and faiths. Who has only one god or many. Atheists, agnostics, apatheists. Who found hope in religion, and who lost hope because of it.
Regardless of height, weight, type of body.
With endomorph, ectomorph or mesomorph class of physiology. Who are above 170 cm, and who are below. Who weighs less than 50 kg or more. With any size of breast. Without breast at all. With long, medium and short hair. Bald. With colored strands or natural color. Who has fashionable hairstyle or disheveled hair. Those who shave, and those who do not.
Girls of color.
Regardless of their sexual or romance attraction.
Support heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, and others girls. Support heteroromantic, homoromantic, biromantic, panromantic, aromantic, and other girls. Those, who can feel sexual or romantic attraction, and those, who can not. Cis-girls and trans-girls.
Regardless of their marital status.
Those, who is in marriage, in unmarried cohabitation or in free relationship. Who has boyfriend, girlfriend or non-binary partner. Who is in monogamy or polygamy relationship. Who is in another type of relation. Who is single.
Regardless of their job.
Support workers, students, pupils. Those, who work with people, and with technology. Military-women, teachers, waiters, nurses, musician, lawyers, policewomen, doctors, politicians, and others. Unemployed and housewives.
No matter what they are. In any case, they are beautiful and important.
In any case, you are beautiful and important.
Girls, please, support girls. Because no one will support them except you.
uhhh noah fence but stop turning noodle, an independent strong feminist and icon for women of colour into a ‘kawaii anime waifu uwu’ because that’s absolutely not who she is and what she stands for thanks
Aren’t you tired yet of raising your daughters like they are treading a battlefield made of society’s rules for what it means to be a woman? Isn’t it time we train them to be soldiers of pride in their own identity?
White feminism is extremely pervasive in film culture. There is definitely a domination by men who are everywhere, who are loudest, and whose voices are most easily accepted and praised. But then you get the reaction of white feminism, which is to counter the one thing that oppresses them: men. However, we live in an age where an ignorance of intersectionality is nearly impossible, especially if you’re on social media. You can’t live in a segregated fantasy of MEN VS WOMEN. This does not deter white feminist film critics from speaking over women of colour (or other marginalized women, by class, disability, sexuality, etc); they simply speak over other marginalized women with empty statements. A suggestion that they spoke to their friends of colour for approval on certain topics, or posts which are littered with “I know this is so much worse for other women,” or empty privilege checks. It’s all empty: solidarity is a shallow way of showing you’re accountable without doing anything, as it’s little more than going “I know women of colour exist; now on with my opinions,” while checking one’s privilege is just a perceived “free pass,” like “Well, I acknowledged I’m white, so now that that’s out of the way I can keep talking.”
The thing is that of course all women, even white women (or straight women or cis women or ablebodied women or whatever) are marginalized. Our/their voices are not heard. Film culture is a boys’ club. But the struggle seems to be to get the least marginalized into that boys’ club. And when you only hear the voices of white women concerned with being white women, whose attempts at intersectionality are entirely surface performance, you get a reduction of the films that are promoted. Varda and Akerman feel tokenized and reduced. Varda is nothing but Cléo de 5 à 7, Akerman is nothing but Jeanne Dielman. Sometimes Chytilova’s Daisies gets thrown in. But it’s reduced to “films with women directors”: Varda’s documentaries feel like they’ve been made irrelevant, while I have never seen discussions of her essentialist conception of gender. Akerman is reduced to “long takes of domesticity” without engagement with her mental illness, queerness, Jewish identity, her engagement with history broadly and within cinema, her anger and despair. And Daisies is never within the context of communist Czechoslovakia, it’s just a cool film of girls having fun. You lose so much when the only concern is “But GIRLS are on SCREEN doing GIRL things! This is so DIFFERENT from what the FILM BROS like!” which is true, and a distance from ‘film bro’ culture is always necessary. But we get bogged down in the small things. We can accept a couple white girls in the boys’ club when all they do is gently promote simplified versions of female tokens. It is always difficult being a woman. It is easier when you’re a white woman. You don’t need to speak over everyone because you’re marginalized in one way.
Let’s engage in a critical analysis of Emma Watson speech given at the UN to raise awareness of the HeforShe Campaign.
I want to start of by saying that I think it is WONDERFUL that her speech has gained so much support and love internationally; it is also so wonderful that her speech has inspired so many, particularly those who were on the fence about feminism; not to mention that it might have made a large number of people to think twice or start considering how they can support gender equality. Pragmatically it is a good thing. It was a speech targeted towards men, which the HeforShe campaign represents. Please do not confuse this as an attack on Emma Watson, but rather a critique of a politicized, pre-packaged, delivery of a feminist speech.
But this space, The Middle Eastern Feminist, is a critical space for women of colour who face oppression across racial, class, gender, and religious boundaries- none of which Emma Watson represents or lives on a daily basis. By being critical and highlighting the problematic nature of Emma Watson’s speech and her as a political agent, white feminists on the page can gain more insight of the ways in which women of colour feel silenced and misrepresented by such powerful feminist figures who speak for them. As such, Emma Watson does not speak to me, for me or represent me!
As a woman of colour the speech was VERY problematic for a number of reasons:
1) Emma made no effort to acknowledge her IMMENSE privileges. For instance, she is a very young, VERY attractive, VERY successful, White, able bodied, cis gendered, heterosexual, thin privileged woman whose net worth exceeds 60 MILLION DOLLARS!!!
2) She spoke of and about women of colour in a detrimental way. For instance, she spoke of her disappointment at being called bossy when she wanted to lead and direct plays when she was 8. We acknowledge the negative impacts of such social values on young girls and their self-worth. But for MILLIONS of other 8 year olds across the world, they face the prospect of being forced into child marriages or giving birth, going hungry so that the boys in the family can be fed, having to become carers and carry the burden of supporting and helping their mothers and essentially never experiencing a childhood. This is not to say that white women’s experiences are not relevant or important. Feminism is important everywhere, but it is too often white privileged feminists who are given a voice to express their values; and it is too often the 8 year old child brides whose voices are lost. Instead, it is the stunningly beautiful, poised, well-spoken actress who speaks about her experience as if merely speaking of the child brides experiences is enough to give justice to the experiences of a child. Too often it is privileged women who speak of cultural practices that they have little awareness or experience of.
3) I want feminist leaders to be women who have lived the lives of the most oppressed, most marginalized elements of society. I am sorry to say, but Emma Watson is a deeply privileged woman who is a member of the global social elite. Her privileges allowed her the opportunity to have the privilege of speaking at the UN forum. Her privileges continue to demarcate her from the deeply oppressed- those she speaks for and about, but who remain unseen and unheard. This hardly helps to humanize the silent victims.
4) Her presentation and delivery was widely deemed to be wonderful, ground-breaking, passionate and concerned. And no doubt she felt those words deeply. Yet, her quivering voice, her ultra-femininity, her stunning looks, her exceptionally groomed appearances served to cater to male audiences and gaze, by appeasing them that here is a stunning, fragile, young feminist who is not a lesbian, not hairy, not ugly, not a spinster, not loud and angry and threatening- making a heartfelt, feminine, genuine, empathetic and non-aggressive request, a plea almost, to the male audiences. This defeats EVERYTHING that we have been trying to do by saying that we do not owe society to be pretty, to be soft spoken, to gently request in a feminine quivering voice, rather than demand power, demand liberation, demand human rights! It caters to everything that the patriarchy has conditioned us to believe, that we can have a voice so long as we aren’t too loud; or that we will be taken more seriously if we are conventionally attractive. Emma Watson is inadvertently and unwittingly reforging the mould that we have worked so hard as feminists to break and challenge; THIS is why it is essential that feminist leaders are aware of the long, proud and incredibly successful history of feminist work, activism and academia- she failed to realize that she was standing on the shoulders of giants.
5) Following the above, the speech and the presentation, the political agent that is Emma Watson delivered a very bubblegummy, hollywoody, male gaze catering, soft, liberal feminist ideal, one that was not challenging or threatening to the patriarchy.
6) I find it disturbing that as a woman of colour we are expected to display a high degree of deference and gratitude to Emma Watson, a white privileged woman- a woman whose life and experiences bears ZERO resemblance to our lives.
7) What would have been “ground-breaking”, “mind-blowing” and “revolutionary”, was having a child bride from Myanmar, or a women who might have escaped an honour killing or a woman who has been maimed by acid attacks because she refused a suitor, or a woman of colour, a woman who had legitimacy by virtue of her long commitment to feminism as opposed to just her popularity as an actress, or her level of attractiveness or enunciation skills, speak at the UN forum instead. I want a woman who grew up in Africa, who speaks with a broken English but speaks of the need to help stop child marriages because she has seen too many of her sisters forced into marriage at the age of 8,9 or 10 when many girls like her should be challenging her peers to lead and direct a play. I want a polyglot that learned to speak several languages because she was a refugee and a child of war. I am not interested in beautiful women who speak to me about the need to save a million girls in that continent over there, about a life and experiences she could only be paid to imagine in her movie roles. I wanted a woman to speak to me with a quivering voice born of carrying an unheard story and of injustices that can never be unseen.
8) there was also a vague passing comment about challenging the gender binary, there was little to no effort to challenge the cis gendered, heteronormative structure. Ignoring some of the most marginalized groups in the world is hardly revolutionary or ground-breaking.