The second in a 2 or 3 part series. Who knows what else I’ll decide I need to say about this?
On Friday I articulated the notion of Feminist Compromise:
That if you care about full equality for women (and other disempowered groups), and you also want to participate in the world like by watching TV or reading books, you have to compromise.
In just about any experience with popular culture. Many workplace interactions. Flipping through any magazine with ads.
Once you learn how to see it, the feminist way of seeing disempowerment everywhere, you can’t unsee it. And you don’t want to. Even though this new sight—Femi-vision!—pretty much bars you from contented consumption of most entertainment.
However, the Bechdel Rule will only get you so far. Sometimes you just want a sitcom and a beer before bed. Hence the Compromise.
The real rules for women