Brilliant Feminist Video’s
Despite the hours a day i spend online, i am largely a pop culture media bimbo. Until i saw this slap down, i was unaware that the pop song i had heard in the car had a highly offensive video. i take some pride in only being aware of the satire and not the original, which i can full imagine from the cut up was crass and degrading.
One of the places with the most horrific women’s rights crisis is India. There is a 30% female infanticide rate, honor killings and until recently largely unpunished gang rape. Feminists in India are stepping up with one of the most potent device in the propagandists tool box: satire.
Part of what i love about this following video is that it is a beautiful bilingual presentation. Aware that some of her audience are more comfortable and comprehensive in Hindi than English, activist and actress Mallika Sherawat flows between the languages while clearly being enraged. What is also clear is the nationalism she is fighting is as bad as the sexism.
Sometimes your entry on the world stage comes when they put a bullet into your head and you survive. Malala Uousafzai beat the odds of the Taliban assassination attempt and became the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. More importantly, she has leveraged her moment of media attention into a autobiography, high profile interviews (like this link to an interview on the Daily Show) and an enduring non-profit designed to bring educational opportunities to girls and young women in Pakistan.
These videos were all taken from a longer brilliant retrospective article from an online rag i have never heard of called PolicyMic.