Well, it’s just that there are certain life changing things that are hard to keep quiet about. Love, babies, Dyptique candles, Domino’s pizza… Feminism. It’s a gospel of sorts and gospels, as we all know, tend to require a whole lot of sharing. So, I thought I’d share the feminist materials/sources that have influenced my ideas of Feminism the most and why you should give them a read/watch.
Feminist Materials -To Watch
TED Talk –We Should All Be Feminists
Why: You want to listen to someone explain feminism in the most charming and relatable way. Chimamanda might be the most charming human being you’ll ever have the pleasure of listening to.
The Line: “Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.”
Mini Series –Show Me A Hero (HBO)
Why: Well, Oscar Isaac and the creators of “The Wire” for one. But truly, this was the first time I was able to wrap my mind around the effects of racial segregation in a city. Show Me A Hero demonstrates the racism and collective ignorance of white centric communities and also how progressive policy can bring about positive change. It shows racism in one of its most common forms -fear and ignorance from kind and decent people.
The Line: “Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”
Music Video –Flawless (Beyonce)
The Line: Bow Down Bitches
Feminist Materials -Articles
Article –What’s Wrong With Cultural Appropriation?
Why: The most thorough explanation I’ve heard on how cultural appropriation affects minorities.
The Line: “When Black women have to fight for acceptance with the same styles a young white woman can be admired for, what message does that send to Black women and girls?
It says that our natural beauty isn’t beautiful at all – and that our features are only appealing when they’re adopted by white women.”
Article –7 Reasons People Argue That Female Privilege Exists and Why They’re Mistaken
Why: Addresses ALLLLL of the things you can throw out to try to prove the existence of female privilege and then knocks you on your bottom. It’s so good.
The Line: “…there are instances where men are clearly disadvantaged.
The key, though, is that it is rarely, if ever, at the explicit expense of women.
On the other hand, women and their quality of life does suffer at the expense of male privilege.
And that’s the difference.”
Feminist Materials -Books
Book –The Beauty Myth -Naomi Woolf
Why: Because beauty standards are the worst and you want to know why they exist.
The Line: “Sadly, the signals that allow men and women to find the partners who most please them are scrambled by the sexual insecurity initiated by beauty thinking. A woman who is self-conscious can’t relax to let her sensuality come into play. If she is hungry she will be tense. If she is “done up” she will be on the alert for her reflection in his eyes. If she is ashamed of her body, its movement will be stilled. If she does not feel entitled to claim attention, she will not demand that airspace to shine in. If his field of vision has been boxed in by “beauty”–a box continually shrinking–he simply will not see her, his real love, standing right before him.”
Book –The Handmaid’s Tale -Margaret Atwood
Why: Margaret Atwood’s best.
Speculative fiction on a future that takes women having no say over their bodies to the extreme.
The Line: “Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”
How about you? What sources of media have influenced your ideas of feminism?
I mean, let’s be honest, if we have sources to talk about, we want to share. We’re like vegans at the dinner table.
So go ahead. Make my day.