Yes, it can get repetitive, even for a feminist — but every time I hear another woman say it, I feel a little less crazy.
from The Conversation with Amanda De Cadenet
I love her a lot. First heard her speak a few years ago at a SDCC panel of “women in sci-fi” with Sigourney, Dushku, and Elizabeth Mitchell. She was so intelligent, well spoken and passionate that she became one of my most serious crushes.
For me, it was simply so refreshing to see a beautiful, highly-paid (though not as highly-paid as her male colleagues, apparently — and obviously) actress talk about the same “fucking issue”s we Normie women have to deal with. The air may be rarefied, but it seems the problems are common as dirt.
I was just going to say the same thing. That was where I first saw her and was so impressed with how passionate and articulate she was.
Dear gay baby Jeebus, please send us more women like Zoe Saldana. Or at least, inspire the rest of them to *speak up*.
She discusses something as simple as pointing out the havoc childbearing wreaks on a woman’s career, yet I’ve never thought of it as that plainly disruptive. It’s as if our bodies are our enemy and society is trying to force the issue further every day. She’s made it sound completely rational. And she’s gorgeous, to boot.
I think because it is completely rational. Amanda points out that our prime money-making window coincides with our prime fertility window — this is simple fact, unless women want to have kids at 18 — which of course would severely impact the money-making in the future. Men don’t even think like that — because they don’t have to. They can go on spitting out kid-seed until they’re either impotent or dead. I feel like making men even consider ideas like these is a step forward. And if it takes someone who looks like Zoe Saldana to get them to listen, then more power to Zoe on behalf of all of us. Fair it isn’t, but Mama never said life’d shape up that way, anyhow.
To a great degree it depends upon how men are raised. It takes a fuck of a lot to raise an enlightened son to be an enlightened man. As a mother of one of them, you have to bring to their attention all of the inequities in society that still exist today.
For that matter, girls today take it for granted that their rights are protected. Not long ago I read some dipshit girl’s opinion on a bboard blaming Anita Hill for putting up with the abuse she had to deal with…this little twinkie had no idea that Anita Hill was the Rosa Parks of office sexual abuse and intimidation. If we don’t teach them about the differences and give them a context, how will they ever have a clue? The Clue Fairy doesn’t visit them in the crib and hand them out. Wouldn’t it be great if she did, though?
Enlightenment. Brought to you by the Clue Fairy. ;-P
PS: Forgot to put in a plug for MAD MEN. That show has done more to demonstrate the diff between what once was and now that all my lectures and ‘that was the way it was’ than anything else. Of course, judicious use of old films and television shows were also helpful but MAD MEN takes place in the office where the lines between ‘men at work’ and ‘girls at work’ were very distinct. Thank you, Matt Weiner.
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