by Hanna Giuntini
The problem also goes beyond actors. I also have to ask: where were the women directors and women screenwriters? The complete absence of women in these categories is a clear indicator that women’s stories are not being told from their perspectives in the films that shape our popular culture. I refuse to accept the proposition that women simply aren’t as good at directing, screenwriting, and acting as men—thus, it is clear that we need to take a critical look at the systems of power that are preventing women’s talents and achievements from being recognized to the same degree as men’s.
Representation and diversity are essential not only in film, but also in feminism and the law. Ideally, both feminism and the law work to counter oppression and unjust power structures while respecting the unique identities of people throughout the world. Incorporating class, sexuality, disability, age, nationhood, race, and gender in both feminist and legal analysis should not be just a paradigm practiced by some, but a requirement for everyone. We should strive to do the same in what we consider the best of our cinema and television, which is what the Golden Globes is claiming to represent. Finally, perhaps like feminist and legal analysis, award shows may seem boring and irrelevant to some. However, I would argue that this is not the case; award shows and certain aspect of the law continue to support the marginalization of women and people of color in our society, reflecting the privileges of certain identities while silencing others. Countering oppression requires an active choice to support increased representation for women and people of color in places of power and visibility in our society today.
Hanna Giuntini is an intern at Legal Voice and a senior at the University of Washington where she is majoring in Comparative History of Ideas with minors in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy. She has recently applied to law school and hopes to start her legal education in the fall.
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