I was pleasasntly surprised to see this clip of PM Justin Trudeau’s response to a reporter’s question about why he was so insistent on having gender parity in his cabinet:
The Liberal Cabinet will be comprised of 15 women and 16 men, compared to the Conservative Cabinet of 12 women and 27 men. So, what is more spectacular here: adding 3 female Cabinet Ministers, or cutting 11 male Cabinet Ministers? The power is in your perspective.
Is this piece of strategy a reinforcement of affirmative action? Are these women simply filling the 50/50 quota? Or, are these women the best for the job?
But why not put women, or people with disabilities, or visible minorities in the spotlight? Putting them in high-profile positions of power is a huge statement: They can do this job – and so can you. That sounds like a very inspiring and uplifting message to spread to all Canadians. It sets a good example.
I’m looking forwad to the day when gender equality, and equality for all people is simply a non-issue. We will know we’ve achieved true equality when we can stop prefacing everything in terms of gender and race.
Let’s address the issue: identify the problem, implement changes, and move forward. We are all Canadians and we are all equal. Now, let’s stop talking about fluff and move on to the important issues.
Can we talk about Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ music video for a second? I absolutely love it! It’s definitely more Tarantino than Miller/Rodriguez in my opinion, but equally bamf #girlpower overall and the Kendrick remix is such a nice touch. I love how Taylor Swift has come out swinging in the last few years as a full-blown feminist.
Honestly, I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger. I didn’t quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in. I think that when I used to say, “Oh, feminism’s not really on my radar,” it was because when I was just seen as a kid, I wasn’t as threatening. I didn’t see myself being held back until I was a woman. Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived. A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining. Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality.
And with this new music video, she has shown us the true meaning of #girlpower: lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down. While, yes, I guess the girls in the video are literally tearing each other down Deadly Viper Assassination Squad-style, the most important thing to marvel at is the fact that Taylor Swift was able to wrangle such a huge cast of musicians, actors, and models (all her friends!) who are each killing it in their own industry.
This video is, above all else, a celebration of female friendship between strong and successful women of all ages. It is a refreshing and inspiring example of modern, moderate feminism (aka #modfem) and for that I say: Thank you, TaySwift!!