Lady Oscar. Un pezzo molto pop.

di Carol

Ridendo e scherzando faccio dei giri in rete ogni tanto, un po’ per gioco e un po’ perchè è giusto informarsi su quello che c’è nel mare magnum del mainstream dello spettacolo, dello show biz. Un po’ perché sono sempre stata appassionata delle varie personagge dello spettacolo, di solito americane o inglesi, di solito bianche, di solito molto ricche. Devo dire di solito anche piuttosto intelligenti. Intelligenti e liberali.

Con una mia amica ridevamo spesso e facevamo altrettanto spesso il verso alle donne (e agli uomini ovviamente) che salivano sui palchi per ritirare dei prestigiosi premi – statuette, grammy awards, leoni, orsi d’oro – I wanna thank God, my husband, my children, my agent, all of you. Che fosse sempre vera o no questa frase risuonava così spesso da farne una perpetua parodia. Quando delle attrici geniali nel loro mestiere, che avevano anche interpretato ruoli di impegno civile, si ritrovavano ad essere “loro stesse”  – o quello che si è di sé davanti a migliaia o milioni di spettatori – davanti a quel microfono regredivano o si inserivano perfettamente nella cornice tradizionale, patriarcale, religiosa, patriottica e chi più ne ha più ne metta dell’Occidente.

Ecco, non che per forza guardare al mondo voglia dire guardare le notti degli oscar o simili, ma certamente sapere che quelle parole compongono un mosaico di immaginario che influenza generazioni di giovani ragazze e ragazzi, questo sì.

E qualcosa un po’ è cambiato. Non necessariamente uno spostamento che chiameremmo femminista, almeno non io, per come sento io i femminismi, ma insomma, qualcosa è cambiato. Mi piacerebbe sottolinearlo anche per tracciare una piccola linea di avanzamento in quella battaglia così odiosa del #nonsonofemministaperchè vs #sonofemministaperchè.

Qui riporto degli stralci di interventi pubblici, sono solo alcuni tra molti – di alcune famosissime cantanti, attrici e scrittrici – molto, molto diverse tra loro, che in un modo o in un altro, meglio o peggio, in maniera più leggera o più dura, con superficialità o complessità, hanno detto al mondo che essere donna è qualcosa, che esserlo ti porta parecchi problemi nel mondo dello spettacolo, che esserlo è anche molto bello, e che forse vale la pena esserlo nel modo che più ci si sente e non come ti dicono quelle leggi scritte e non asfissianti del mondo intorno.

Un’altra cosa interessante è che quasi tutte parlano di sé, a partire dalla loro esperienza nel mondo dello spettacolo, ma anche a partire dalla loro esperienza come donne (a scuola, in famiglia, con gli amici). Qui sott alcuni testi, direttamente in Inglese, non tradotti, così come mi sono arrivati, così come li hanno pronunciati.

Sorelle anche loro? A loro modo, sorelle ricche e piene di contraddizioni. Ma a me fa piacere ascoltarle, e se mi è capitato anche di commuovermi un pochino forse sarà l’età che avanza.


Amy Schumers, attrice comica americana, in occasione della premiazione di Glamour, 2015
(www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nhBKbmpGi4)

Glamour is giving me a lot. I’m probably like 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a dick whenever I want. I’m not gonna apologize for who I am, and I am gonna actually love the skin that  I am in and I’m not gonne be striving for some other version of my self.

And I make fun of women magazines a lot because they’re just great father and some make you feel bad for just being born with a pussy. There just like “ Get your pussy that new car smell” and you are like “what?” “hang a pine cone from your cline”

Some of the guys are not even remotely smiling, and you know what? I don’t live here, I don’t care.

Tonight I had one goal and that was to be able to take my underwear off at the end of the night and have it not like I blew my nose on it and don’t like disgusted guys because your underwear looks like (……) at the end of the shift.

I’m so grateful for being her, I’ve never been here before, our family vacation where like to Tijuana.

 

Amy Schumers, intervistata da una giornalista al Glamour award 2015 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGz1s-Q5aMo)

G: “Tonight it’s all about celebrating women, complete the sentence for me: ‘the best thing about being a woman is..’?”

AS: “Our strength. I think it’s an exciting time to be a women, we’re realizing more and more, that’s a glorious Steinem quote ‘We became the man we wanted to marry.’ But I think I’m realizing that’s not true, women are just bad asses and owning it more.”


Patricia T. Arquette, attrice Americana, cerimonia oscar 2015 in cui ha vinto l’oscar alla miglior attrice non protagonista per Boyhood. (Di interessante c’è anche che durante il discorso meryl streep in prima fila quasi è caduta dalla sedia per gli applausi)(www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wx-Qh4Vczc)

Okay, Jesus. Thank you to the Academy, to my beautiful, powerful nominees. To IFC, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland, Molly Madden, David DeCamillo, our whole cast and our crew. My Boyhood family, who I love and admire. Our brilliant director Richard Linklater. The impeccable Ethan Hawke. My lovelies, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater. Thomas and Paul, thank you for giving me my beautiful children. Enzo and Harlow, you’re the deepest people that I know.

My friends who all work so hard to make this world a better place. To my parents, Rosanna, Richmond, Alexis and David. To my favorite painter in the world, Eric White, for the inspiration of living with a genius.

To my heroes, volunteers and experts who have helped me bring ecological sanitation to the developing world with GiveLove.org.

To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.


Emma Watson,
attrice, modella e attivista britannica. Discorso tenuto alle Nazioni Unite, 2015 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-iFl4qhBsE)

Today we are launching a campaign called for HeForShe. I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We want to end gender inequality, and to do this, we need everyone involved. This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN. We want to try to mobilize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change. And, we don’t just want to talk about it. We want to try and make sure that it’s tangible.

I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women six months ago. And, the more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.

For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.

I started questioning gender-based assumptions a long time ago. When I was 8, I was confused for being called bossy because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents, but the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media. When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of sports teams because they didn’t want to appear muscly. When at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings.

I decided that I was a feminist, and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, I’m among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, and anti-men. Unattractive, even.

Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one? I am from Britain, and I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.

But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to see these rights. No country in the world can yet say that they achieved gender equality. These rights, I consider to be human rights, but I am one of the lucky ones.

My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influences were the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists that are changing the world today. We need more of those.

And if you still hate the word, it is not the word that is important. It’s the idea and the ambition behind it, because not all women have received the same rights I have. In fact, statistically, very few have.

In 1997, Hillary Clinton made a famous speech in Beijing about women’s rights. Sadly, many of the things that she wanted to change are still true today. But what stood out for me the most was that less than thirty percent of the audience were male. How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?

Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society, despite my need of his presence as a child, as much as my mother’s. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help for fear it would make them less of a man. In fact, in the UK, suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 to 49, eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either.

We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are, and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.

Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, instead of two sets of opposing ideals. If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer, and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.

I want men to take up this mantle so that their daughters, sisters, and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too, reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned, and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves.

You might be thinking, “Who is this Harry Potter girl, and what is she doing speaking at the UN?” And, it’s a really good question. I’ve been asking myself the same thing.

All I know is that I care about this problem, and I want to make it better. And, having seen what I’ve seen, and given the chance, I feel it is my responsibility to say something.

Statesman Edmund Burke said, “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.”

In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt, I told myself firmly, “If not me, who? If not now, when?” If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you, I hope those words will be helpful. Because the reality is that if we do nothing, it will take seventy-five years, or for me to be nearly 100, before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work. 15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children. And at current rates, it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls can have a secondary education.

If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists that I spoke of earlier, and for this, I applaud you. We are struggling for a uniting word, but the good news is, we have a uniting movement. It is called HeForShe. I invite you to step forward, to be seen and to ask yourself, “If not me, who? If not now, when?

 

Beyoncé  è una cantante, attrice e imprenditrice statunitense. Nominata per 47 volte ai Grammy Awards. Questo il testo di Flawless, canzone uscita nel 2015 che cita all’interno del testo un bellissimo intervento di Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, scrittrice nigeriana, che ha parlato di femminismo ad una TED conference dal titolo we shall all be feminists (www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7pd1w022ME)

Flawless, Beoncè ft. Ngozi Adiche:

We teach girls to shrink themselves

To make themselves smaller

We say to girls

“You can have ambition

But not too much

You should aim to be successful

But not too successful

Otherwise you will threaten the man”

Because I am female

I am expected to aspire to marriage

I am expected to make my life choices

Always keeping in mind that

Marriage is the most important

Now marriage can be a source of

Joy and love and mutual support

But why do we teach to aspire to marriage

And we don’t teach boys the same?

We raise girls to each other as competitors

Not for jobs or for accomplishments

Which I think can be a good thing

But for the attention of men

We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings

In the way that boys are

Feminist: the person who believes in the social

Political, and economic equality of the sexes

I’m bout that H, town coming coming down

I’m coming down, drippin’ candy on the ground

On the ground

H, Town, Town, I’m coming down, coming down

I know when you were little girls

You dreamt of being in my world

Don’t forget it, don’t forget it

Respect that, bow down bitches

I took some time to live my life

But don’t think I’m just his little wife

Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted

This my shit, bow down bitches

Bow down bitches, bow bow down bitches (Crown)

Bow down bitches, bow bow down bitches (Crown)

H Town bitches

H, H Town bitches

I’m so crown crown, bow down bitches

I’m about that H, town, coming coming down

I’m coming down, drippin’ candy on the ground

On the ground

H, H town town

I’m coming down

Coming down

Drippin’ candy on the ground

We teach girls to shrink themselves

To make themselves smaller

We say to girls

“You can have ambition

But not too much

You should aim to be successful

But not too successful

Otherwise you will threaten the man”

Because I am female

I am expected to aspire to marriage

I am expected to make my life choices

Always keeping in mind that

Marriage is the most important

Now marriage can be a source of

Joy and love and mutual support

But why do we teach to aspire to marriage

And we don’t teach boys the same?

We raise girls to each other as competitors

Not for jobs or for accomplishments

Which I think can be a good thing

But for the attention of men

We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings

In the way that boys are

Feminist: the person who believes in the social

Political, and economic equality of the sexes

You wake up, flawless

Post up, flawless

Ride round in it, flawless

Flossin on that, flawless

This diamond, flawless

My diamond, flawless

This rock, flawless

My rock, flawless

I woke up like this

I woke up like this

We flawless, ladies tell ‘em

I woke up like this

I woke up like this

We flawless, ladies tell ‘em

Say I, look so good tonight

God damn, God damn

Say I, look so good tonight

God damn, God damn

Momma taught me good home training

My Daddy taught me how to love my haters

My sister taught me I should speak my mind

My man made me feel so God damn fine

You wake up, flawless

Post up, flawless

Ride round in it, flawless

Flossin on that, flawless

This diamond, flawless

My diamond, flawless

This rock, flawless

My rock, flawless

I woke up like this

I woke up like this

We flawless, ladies tell ‘em

I woke up like this

I woke up like this

We flawless, ladies tell ‘em

Say I, look so good tonight

God damn, God damn

Say I, look so good tonight

God damn, God damn


Viola Davis, attrice Americana. Agli Emmy 2015. L’attrice è la prima afroamericana a vincere il premio come protagonista di una serie drammatica in tutta la storia dei premi per la Tv
(www.youtube.com/watch?v=685jYZGcFh8)

“In my mind I see a line, and over that line I see green fieldes and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched to me wild open over that line, but I seem to not get there, I don’t know how. I can’t seem to get over that line.” That was Harriet Tubman in the ‘800. And let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of colour from anywone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here is to all the writers and the awesome people that are […] people that have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a lady, to be woman, to be black. And thank you to the Gary Union, Halle Berry […] to bringing us over that line. Thank you.

Per continuare un po’ a godervi dei bei discorsi e non solo dei soliti commenti post festival su quanto fossero adatti o no i vestiti, vi lascio con qualche altro video.

L’anno 2015 è passato.

 

Meryl Streep
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wx-Qh4Vczc

Emma Watson intervista Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKckKStggSY

Chiamamanda Ngozi Adiche, Ted conference
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc

Roxane Gay: TED conference, Confessioni di una cattiva femminista
www.ted.com/talks/roxane_gay_confessions_of_a_bad_feminist?language=it#t-4300

Jane Fonda e Lily Tomlin, TED conference, A hilarious celebration of lifelong female friendship
www.ted.com/talks/jane_fonda_and_lily_tomlin_a_hilarious_celebration_of_lifelong_female_friendship