Why Female Justice and the Hyper-sexualization of Women is Relevant (with Olivia Wilde and Hollywood)
As I’ve been getting older, issues of feminism and sexism–especially in the media–have been growing in importance to me. I guess, with age, you begin to lose the rose-colored glasses and realize some of the injustices surrounding you.
As a woman growing up in this post-feminist kind of society where people are challenging each other with what is considered feminist and what is not–blurring the lines between its actual definition and what is just ‘rebellious behavior’–it’s interesting to see how we live in a high-time where women all over the world are just fighting for their voices to be heard and respected.
Hyper-sexualization of women has grown rampant over the years in media, I’ve found. Seeing women dressed in scant-clothing, showing off their bodies and obsessing over their looks compared to movie stars has become a norm. Young women like Miley Cyrus can prance around in her underwear on national television and publications can proudly feature intellectual porn-stars like Stoya who share thoughts on sex, the industry and women. (I’ve nothing against this feminine expression, however.) Yet, men can easily wear what they wore for centuries and not be judged for it. They can sit back and revel at the events taking place before their eyes. You tell me if there’s nothing a little fishy about that.
Of course, hearing me say this may just sound like I’m complaining. But, it’s important to recognize that this has been a growing pattern and trend for centuries.
In the attempt to combat violence against women and girls worldwide through creative awareness projects, the V-Day movement was launched in hopes of creating “a world where women [can] live safely and freely.”
And, as the media and Hollywood is oftentimes the first ones to blame for the lack of female representation and voice in filmic works, I highly appreciate what one actress–who has been involved in the industry for a long time, enough to be both an object and pioneer–has to say about combatting that discrimination against women in “The State of Female Justice.”