by Celinka Serre – Binky Productions
Although it is correct to assume that there are a lot of women in Hollywood who genuinely believe in women’s rights and act accordingly to their beliefs and have no qualms in speaking up, there is also contradiction within Hollywood itself surrounding feminism and even surrounding some of the women who claim to be feminists.
So let’s establish some definitions so we all understand the terms being used here. For these I have consulted the online Marriam-Webster dictionary. They define Feminism as: ‘’1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, 2: organized activity on behalf of women’s righst and interests.’’ Sexism is defined as: ‘’1: prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially: discrimination against women. 2: behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex.’’
That’s interesting. Sexism is ‘’behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex.’’ An oxymoron is defined as: ‘’a combination of contradictory or incongruous words… something (as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements.’’
You will have to excuse my boldness when I say that there exists a large oxymoron about Hollywood and Feminism.
I recognise that a lot of women in Hollywood are working on breaking away from the stereotypes that Hollywood has created surrounding women. It is difficult however to acknowledge Hollywood as a whole as supporting Feminism when all around the cinema and music industry, we are bombarded with women as sex symbols or shown how women are expected to look like and act, dress, walk, talk, etc.
Hollywood has had no problem ‘’acknowledging’’ some women in the industry as being feminists. But are those women truly feminists or is it just a façade?
The fact that Hollywood is accepting more women into its industry is’ I admit, a step in the right direction. But having more women directors, women editors, filmmakers, writers, composers, videographers, more women on crew, more women cast in films, more important women roles, more women in the music industry, all this does not excuse the oxymoronic behaviour and messages that we get from the music and films that Hollywood produces, mainly evident on the music side of things, that show women looking like barbie dolls, acting like sex slaves, and wearing almost nothing. THAT is NOT feminism. THAT is, as defined above, Sexism.
Can we have a woman come up with a video clip instead of a man! I mean, come on.
So some pop stars, who claim to be a Feminists, sing half naked, legs all glossed up, looking unnaturally perfect and have some lyrics at times be borderline submissive or even singing about abuse as though it was fine. Take the time to listen to some of the lyrics out there. Some are disturbing, but that’s a rant for another time.
I enjoy watching talk shows or live Hollywood events when there are women who arrive as themselves. They don’t come all glammed up, in massive dresses that look more uncomfortable than they are pretty, who are decent in dress and demeanor. Classy and elegant is a lot more appealing than sexy nowadays and more and more women look up to those women, who prefer to go ‘’as themselves’’ rather than as the standard that is expected of them.
The film industry in Hollywood is becoming more and more of a place where equality lies. However, Hollywood’s music industry counters that image by bombarding us with sexism in videos that star pop artists who claim to be feminists. Hollywood in itself still remains an oxymoron in the face of feminism, but perhaps some day, women can change that and show the men who still rule the industry the true definition of feminism and equality.
Merriam-Webster.com definition links: