This film is SOOOOO phenomenal. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a true American hero.
One of the best quotes of the movie is one RBG repeated from the infamous 19th century abolitionist and feminist Sarah Grimke who says,
“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks…”
When I went to see the film, the theater was packed: People outwardly applauded, clapped, sighed with disdain, and laughed. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a movie with that captive of an audience. (I also couldn’t help buying an RBG mug for myself and two others after seeing the film.)
RBG directly changed many sexist laws in the United States and has served as a voice for human rights and reason during her time as Supreme Court Justice.
Check out the trailer below:
Jackson Katz is an amazing activist, educator and author and he has been speaking about this issue for years. Check out the video, below.
He states, “Can you imagine if 99% of school shootings were done by girls? Can you imagine anybody talking about guns and mental illness as the causes, without first talking about the fact that 99% of the shooters were girls? I don’t think anybody would talk about anything other than that, at least initially. But because boys and men represent the dominant group, we rarely even talk about that, we go immediately to secondary factors…
“I don’t believe boys and men are predetermined to be abusive, towards women or towards other men and boys. I think it is something that we teach them, I think it is something that we socialize them and we can do better than that…
“How can we change the social norms in society that help to produce these predictable outcomes? Because honestly, until we do that, we’re just running from one case to the next.”
I just read the article that is making the rounds on social media titled, “The female price of male pleasure” by Lili Loofbourow’s. Holy hell: This piece is so horrifyingly important. It is a very uncomfortable read particularly for many women because I think it rings too accurate for them, and for men it is uncomfortable, because they may not have ever thought of things this way. For me, I had a heart sinking, aha moment. The article brings attention to something so many women have had experience with, but haven’t had the route to explain it. To me, this article is ground breaking in a way that the Feminine Mystique was in the 1960s… I wish I could describe it better, but it’s really best to just read the article.
Just be aware that it is a very discomforting, yet eye opening read.
The article starts out, “The world is disturbingly comfortable with the fact that women sometimes leave a sexual encounter in tears.”
women experience a reality, everyday, where sexual harassment and even sexual assault are far too common. The #metoo movement has given a voice to those who have experienced it. With more awareness and pushback against such treatment, as Journalist Megyn Kelly states in the video, “This reality might not have to be the reality anymore.”