I’ve been super stoked while also saddened and triggered by the attention that misogyny and sexualized violence has been getting... but with every movement there are the faulty figureheads. I tried so hard for a long time to like both Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham... I think they’ve both been criticized by bullshit sexist shit. They both have introduced feminism to lots and lots of young people many of whom will go on to learn more intersectional ways of using it. But feminism isn’t a marketing scheme, it isn’t a tool of capitalism. Feminism is breaking down barriers, dismantling racial and economic oppression, and hoisting up and advocating for other women! Feminism is smashing the gender binary and toxic gender roles. I wish these strong women were using their positions of influence and power to bring attention to the prison industrial complex, sex trafficking, institutional poverty.. I think if yr a feminist this should be part of your work, your daily struggle. There are so many things to fight for, and we all need to heal our own wounds, but never use the word feminism to gain profits and notoriety.
This witch is done. Over and out. #badasswitch .
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"You don't need a big camera to bring a big impact." The U.S. Consulate General Mumbai recently felicitated our Community Correspondent and Maharashtra State Coordinator Rohini Pawar at its 4th Women’s Safety and Empowerment Film Contest marking the UN's #16daysofactivism against gender-based violence. Eight selected films were screened and Rohini's film declared the runner-up after an on-the-spot voting in which over 600 people participated. "I was the only one to speak in Hindi on the stage and the only one from a rural background. But the response my work received was heartening, many people came up to me and asked about VV's bottom-up model of journalism. In the presence of huge cameras, dignitaries and film personalities, everyone was amused by what one small camera can do when I told them how I made my video," says Rohini.
Rohini's award-winning film is about an ancient temple in Maharashtra's Pune that barred women for 400 years. With her small video and her activism, Rohini and the women in her village managed to strike a blow to patriarchy in religion. For Rohini, temple entry is also a question of access to public spaces and equality for all genders and castes.
Here's Rohini, being given the award by filmmaker Alankrita Srivastava whose film Lipstick Under My Burkha was sought to be banned for being too 'lady-oriented'. Rohini, despite similar retaliation from many sections of the society, continues her brilliant work undaunted. You can watch the film here: https://youtu.be/QKz3wu8Y_uQ
We should all be worried about the levels of racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia in the world...and we need to face it too. Love doesn’t Trump hate and we are not in a nightmare that we can just wake up from. Dismantling white supremacy and patriarchy is the key. Suck it up and get to it 🖤