A few weeks ago I wrote a post that simply asked, Are you a feminist?
The word is so loaded with different interpretations that I find more and more women opt to skirt the question rather than offer a definitive answer. This frustrates me to no end, especially when celebrities and style icons behave this way. In the past, I called out Victoria Beckham on her dodgeball version of an answer that finally ended with a No, I’m not a feminist. She took a convoluted route, which entailed reiterating she’s big fan Sheryl Sandberg, but stuck with her negative response anyway.
This week we pray tribute to a woman who answers with a resounding Yes! I am a feminist with her words and actions. In fact, over the last few years she’s taken several opportunities to set people in their place when she feels an inequity in her treatment compared to men.
Let’s look back at our favorite moments:
- The 2014 SAG Awards — During the red carpet ceremony, Ms. Blanchett called out a camera person who panned her from her toes to heard and asked in her crisp accent, Do you do that to the guys, too?
- The 2014 SAG Awards — After a rather long (and odd) acceptance speech by Matthew McConaughey, the orchestra leader tried to hurry Ms. Blanchett off the stage by cueing the ‘goodbye’ music. She told him in no uncertain terms that Matthew took more than his fair share of time, and she deserved similar treatment.
- The 2014 Academy Awards — In her acceptance speech, Ms. Blanchett said,
. . . to the audiences who went to see it and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.
THANK YOU, Thank You, thank you! From the bottoms of our hearts, the feminists thank you. Ms. Blanchett delivers a feminist message without guile or fear. She does it from a place of strength. That’s what feminism means!
So, we ask that every woman re-think her stance on word feminism. It means one can dress femininely, and still maintain a right to equality. It’s not an EITHER/ OR choice. It’s a new world, people! And, as Ms. Blanchett pointed out, It’s round!