The double-edged sword
From the moment she's born she starts to get molded by society. The things she's told can have long-term psychological ramifications. Those things are supposedly with her best interest in mind; each instruction adding deeper layers of fear and anxiety.
She's told how to wear her hair, that she needs makeup but she can't wear clothes that are too revealing. She has to wear a bra, close her legs, cross her legs, fix her body and walk like this and she can’t walk like that. She's told not to talk too loudly, but to be assertive, that she can't play with those toys, she has to play with barbies, but all the while telling her she can be anything she wants to be.
Compound that with a capitalist world that sells her beauty to exploit her for money. It’s like that meme of the dude reaching out with a helping hand while holding a knife behind his back.
That meme represents a system, constantly programming us through the films we watch, the shows we see on tv, the advertisements we are constantly exposed to, the magazines we read, the games we play, the comics we follow, and the social media posts we scroll through, where her looks are currency.
But The boys?
Boys aren’t men yet.
Unlike men, boys are more reactive; enslaved by their hormones. She’s seen as an object for conquest and sadly, for us boys, it is an ongoing struggle well into our manhood. The two edges of a sword.
I can only imagine what she feels like when she realizes that she is a prisoner of a system built by men, who didn’t acknowledge her as a human being, centuries ago. A system that only freed her to vote about 100 years ago and allowed her to get more jobs only about 60 years ago. A system where women who get a pass can get it based on beauty and how “girlie” they can be.
Often ignoring who she is and what she can bring to the table.
Body Positivity and Feminism
Char is a Canadian artist who focuses on intersectional feminism and body and sex positivity; it's her way of screaming out against the system.
I have realized that in a first interview I wasn't able to go as deep as I think this deserves. Tune in in the coming months for a second interview with Char so we can delve deeper.
The title for this podcast is A Double Edged Sword because I remember thinking to myself that I could possibly disrespect her, hurt her. I recognized that I have my own shortcomings, that I, as a male with the conditioning I received, could insult or disrespect her in ways I might not even understand.
The world we live in is full of pain and friction. And in this case we add Feminism and the complex responses from male culture, plus the always present lens of race and class.
Enjoy the podcast.
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I’m an artist at heart an Operations Manager at CreativeUTO and Business Developer through my organization FMiMBranding.com. I have over 5 years of experience implementing strategies to improve the results and impact of organizations. These have included improvements in areas such as: customer service, web development, social media, advertising, sales and design