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Black History Month often brings into sharp focus how far we still have to go in terms of tackling racial inequalities. In the panel discussion that followed our recent screening of Knock Down the House, our excellent speakers noted how difficult political engagement can be as a woman of colour. The lack of representation of women of colour in the mainstream media was often cited as a contributing factor to this difficulty. This problem is far-reaching and deeply embedded in media production and practice. Innovative and new approaches to tackling this issue are very much needed, such as the new Pass the Mic website.
The website and database of women of colour commentators offers an exciting and much-needed resource for journalists, researchers and event organisers. Women of colour commentators exist in Scotland. They are educators, academics, researchers, campaigners, policy makers, community activists, writers, workers, carers and experts in many areas. However, they are missing from our media; rarely are they seen on our screens, read in our papers or heard on our radios. Even when the issues being discussed are about race and/or gender.
By Maja Brandt Andreasen
This month marks the 2-year anniversary of Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s New York Times article which exposed Harvey Weinstein as an alleged serial sexual abuser. It also marks the anniversary of Alyssa Milano’s #MeToo tweet: by encouraging her followers to write ‘Me Too’ on their timeline, Milano kickstarted a massive outpouring of stories about sexual harassment and abuse. The hashtag #MeToo also (eventually) brought attention to a broader Me Too movement started by Tarana Burke a decade earlier. The cultural impact of #MeToo cannot be denied and industries outside of the Hollywood film industry have now experienced a “#MeToo moment”, destabilising structural sexism and initiating conversations about the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment.
By Melody House
On the 27th of September last year, the world watched as Professor Christine Blasey Ford gave a powerful account of the night she says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and his friend Mark Judge, attempted to rape her. Blasey Ford presented a cogent account of the event and its subsequent effects on her life. At the same hearings, Kavanaugh angrily and emotionally denied that he had been involved in the attack. Blasey Ford’s bravery in publicly addressing her deeply traumatic experience was widely acknowledged, and many commentators who thought she was mistaken in identifying Kavanaugh as her attacker nevertheless accepted that she had been attacked by someone. Yet, much of the press concentrated on portraying both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh as victims. As the first anniversary of the hearings approach, and with Kavanaugh’s past behaviour towards women again under scrutiny, it is worth revisiting how this played out.
By Andrew Jenkin, University of Strathclyde
This year’s Women’s football World Cup broke all number of records, reaffirming the appetite for the women’s game around the world.
In many respects, the tournament felt like a watershed moment, creating a host of new household names and raising awareness of the financial inequality between elite female and male players.
By Nikki Chung, Zero Tolerance
It is that time of year again (where does the time go?!) where Edinburgh hosts the month-long Fringe festival. The Royal Mile is packed with street performers, and Edinburgh is ~sometimes~ dry, but definitely buzzing!
If you are, like me, overwhelmed by the amount of shows that the fringe puts on then look no further, I have compiled a short list of feminist-y and social issue performances that you can watch.