So two quick things tonight. First of all, Happy Friday!! It was not until I went down to working four days a week that I realized how much everyone does not like their job.
So, first the bad news. I attended a film screening of Miss Representation at the Paley Center for Media last week which was mostly fascinating, but after 24 hours realized I’m not sure what I really took away from the film other than more shocking statistics and a realization of how extreme the airbrush industry is. Christiane Amanpour, anchor of ABC News’s This Week was one of the women on the panel and vented for the first 10 minutes about how pissed she was at sexism in the media after watching the film. That’s good, I guess, but then she said something that has been bothering me ever since and I finally left this comment on her news website:
This is regarding an event Christiane Amanpour attended last week—a screening of Miss Representation at The Paley Center for Media. I greatly respect Amanpour’s career and admire her being a strong mother as well as a respected figure in the media. She made insightful comments that evening about feeling furious after watching Miss Representation reveal the extent of sexism in the media. However, later she made a remark to the effect of: that in this society one would get punished for insulting black people but it’s still OK to insult women. I am a feminist as well. And by that comment she is implying that sexism at present is worse than racism. I am a woman of color and do not have the luxury of comparing racism to sexism and saying one is in a better state than the other. I have to deal with both sexism and racism in my daily life and do not appreciate white women stating their anger at sexism by comparing that racism is a lesser issue. Since Amanpour is someone I truly respect I wanted to point this out to her and help her be aware of.
Thank you for reading.
I sent this comment to This Week with Christiane Amanpour. Since sending the comment I have learned that Amanpour is half Iranian. Oops. Though it doesn’t change my point not to compare oppressions. And even worse coming from her—a woman of color! Not sure I’ll receive any response, but will let you know if I do.
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In better news, my colleague, Joe Samalin at Men Can Stop Rape was on Pix 11 Morning News (it’s OK, I never heard of it either) and had a great little two minute spotlight. The woman was a bit fluffy and what was up with her “[people of color] have cultural issues” i.e. more sexism comment?? But Joe did great. We need more male allies like you Joe!