I had a very interesting conversation with my 16 year old daughter. I was trying to convince her (and my wife and older daughter) to give ‘Game of Thrones’ a try. My youngest daughter is a very passionate feminist and after watching a few episodes had a some very interesting things to say. She didn’t object as many do to the nudity (or violence), and in fact didn’t like the “censored version” I had found online for them. She said she wanted to see the full thing and could handle it. She didn’t have an issue with the dominant male culture of the medieval world - she said it was to be expected. She said the production was very well done. A lot of money. Good acting. But she wasn’t sure she wanted to watch it.
The reason was eye opening for me. She said that, basically, she would rather spend her time with creative work that assumed and celebrated women’s empowerment. She didn’t want to revisit the past, even if it had gutsy females that bucked the social norms and powers, etc. She said that was all good, but she didn’t want it. She wanted to spend her time in entertainment with the future she wants to be part of, where women are on equal footing with men and it’s not a “thing” for a girl to wield a sword (or machine gun or phaser etc).
I’m of an older generation, and the idea of a series that showed strong women struggling with their position in a male dominated world seemed pretty interesting. I had never considered that a new generation of feminists would actually not be interested in that, that their interest would lie in entertainment that had moved beyond that world.
And I understood. I can’t become that, I still find a woman raising a sword or refusing to play by society’s norms a moving story and like to watch (well, and well-realized dragons for the 12 year old in me). But I understood and felt for the first time a little old. A little calcified. Stuck in the past.
I know the present is still very much like the past (consider the brouhaha over women in the military daring to enter combat), but the point is where the minds of our youngsters are. They are beyond us (well, beyond me). Even if the world isn’t there yet, or ever gets there (if it doesn’t, we’re doomed so I have to hope we will).
So, thanks to my daughter for teaching her dad something important.
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