Lasting Change

Posted: 17/05/2018 by zandtao in Media, Struggle
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My niece posted a Zerlina Maxwell clip on her facebook page. In this clip Zerlina berates the rape culture which is prevalent in movies. However her examples were primarily 80s and 90s. In my view although things might appear to be better now in the movies, I wonder how much they are. Here is a view of the “adorkable misogyny” in The Big Bang Theory which suggests there is much to change.

There is no doubt that in my lifetime images of women in media have improved. I grew up on a diet of Carry On films and Benny Hill shows in which the white patriarchy’s portrayal of women was usually just as sex objects in which sexual titilation was turned into humour. Such humour would not now be accepted in mainstream, I believe – I don’t watch it. With the #metoo movement such a rape culture has been driven underground but I question whether it has gone. To answer that I wish to draw a parallel with race.

When I grew up overt racism was acceptable, racist language was commonplace and was used in good homes as well as bad. Back in the 70s the politically-correct movement started where it was recognised that the use of such language publicly should be stopped, and over time in the mainstream it was; I question whether it stopped in homes. However when this PC-movement for correcting language started it was recognised that there should be an educational movement attached to help people become aware of the deeper sources of racism. For people like myself to see Trevor Phillips be part of the Blair government (I wasn’t in the UK then) would have been a real sign of progress. However Trevor in a recent documentary, “Has political correctness gone mad”, questioned what has happened to PC (discussed here. I have my doubts about Trevor especially with his criticism of Muslims, but it all points to an improved position for black people.

Until Brexit in the UK and then Trump in the US. I would argue that the basis of both movements is racism, both personal and institutional. In other words the movement that started back in the 70s and 80s had not really helped white people not to be racist, but had just pushed that racism underground until it became publicly acceptable to be racist again. It is possible that the hate crimes we are now seeing are as “bad” as the hate I grew up with.

And the parallel I draw with the race issue is this. Public pressure could force sexism and rape culture underground but it could take little for that culture to go back to the surface again.

Currently race is used as a scapegoat in terms of their “taking our jobs”. That issue was addressed by the education of anti-racists but was not addressed by the PC-movement. The issue with jobs is that there are not sufficient jobs because the 1% are accumulating all the money rather than circulating it back into the economy with necessary jobs. Without examining this source of racism in the politics of the 1%-system there can be no genuine change. To me this has been evidenced by the re-emergence of a level of public racism that existed at the time I grew up.

I fear the current direction of the feminist movement, and I draw a parallel with terminology used by Bell Hooks – revolutionary feminism and reformist feminism. Reformist feminism recognises the right for women to have access to the same rights as men – perfectly legitimate, and then promotes an agenda of competing for jobs etc. – competing for the limited cake. But Bell then spoke of revolutionary feminism in which there was a fundamental change in the white patriarchal system. This is why her book is called “Feminism is for everybody” – without a fundamental systemic change – revolutionary feminism, #MeToo and Zerlina Maxwell will just be the contemporary fashion.

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