I found this article both interesting, disheartening, and inspiring. I know, I sound like a schizophrenic women.
Interesting: The data is telling and it speaks to an epidemic effecting so many women today. Though we seem to be stepping into more and more powerful roles in the world, we seem to be shying away from our potency at the same time. It is almost as though we take one step forward and two steps back. There is an internal battle we seem to be fighting. We have women like Sharon Sandburg, Leymah Gobwee, Oprah, Malala, and Kathryn Bigalow leading the charge for female leaders in all different industries, but then we have situations like Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” video, the horrific rapes in India and (as this article describes) a significant drop in female presence in the media. The dichotomy is extreme, interesting and extreme.
Disheartening: Why? Why do we continue to take one step forward and two steps back? Is it simply a natural evolution of things? I suppose for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, so the harder we push on one side the harder the fall on the other. Still, I question even the way this article was written. What if it is no one’s responsibility but ours, as women, to lead the change in the female presence and representation in the media? Where are the women producing the movies? Writing the movies? Directing the movies about women and for women? And where are the women buying the tickets? Protesting and boycotting films that do not align with the proper respect we as women deserve? We can’t wait for someone to do it for us, so if we want it to happen let’s make it happen ourselves.
Inspiring: The fact that this article was written speaks to the fact that this is a hot topic in the world today. I have never been so aware of campaigns, discussions and conversations relating to women and the struggle for a female voice. We are bringing light to this issue with much attention and support. People care and are noticing that something is up, something needs to change. The first step to making a difference is recognizing what needs to change. The recognition is ample, so we are on our way.
In general I feel so privileged and proud to be a woman today. I feel we are a time of reinvention and discovery and we are creating an identity we have not taken the time (or had the opportunity) to quantify before. It is an exciting time and I am all over this band wagon!