Think of the last TV show you watched. Now, the last film. What about the last book you read, or podcast you listened to. What music carried you through your journey to work this morning, making the commute feel less unbearable?
Now, take everything off your list which wasn’t created by a woman. Most likely, your list just got a lot smaller.
Striving for gender equality means unearthing women in spaces they have historically been ignored in. Long before we learn how to reflect upon the media we consume, we are force-fed entertainment which over and over features the same narrative. Our diverse society is not necessarily reflected in the dominant voices which are listened to. The plenitude of women who are creating entertainment are often dismissed in the popular domain, not because they lack talent but because they offer something which subverts the norm. In order to raise the voices of women, we must re-evaluate all areas of our lives. Making positive change can be as easy as clicking a button on the remote.
So we’re taking some of the guilt out of your guilty pleasures by compiling a list of what entertainment you should be consuming right now:
Starring: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Created by: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
What: This English comedic series is set to produce its second season next year. The first season features 6 episodes which follow a young woman attempting to make sense of being a financially unstable millennial in London. She is forced to navigate the harsh realities of life, exposing the absurdity of it all along the way.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Written by: Margaret Atwood
What: You’ve probably heard of the critically acclaimed Netflix adaptation of this 1985 novel. The TV series is good, but the book is better. It follows character Offred as she lives out the horror of her newfound position in a society where women are reduced to their reproductive function. Although framed as dystopian fiction, the novel often reads less like a satire of society and more like a warped reflection of it. Despite the gloom, it is a very compelling read.
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Who: Annabel Crab and Leigh Sales
What: Hosted by the insightful ABC duo, this podcast discusses a range of different topics. Though at times the pair discuss politics, a topic we already know them to be experts on, they also share their considered opinions on books, films, food and more. Plus, they happen to be funny, slightly eccentric and very intelligent women.
Who: As the second openly transgender person to have ever been considered for the Academy Award, Anohni deserves her acclaim, and more. Her music is incredibly unique, combining haunting lyricism with dreamy electronic pop. Anohni’s studio album Hopelessness is highly recommended. It contains tracks which protest against politics and environmental issues, meandering through inimitable sounds in the process.
The Beguiled (2017)
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning
Written by: Sofia Coppola (screenplay)
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
What: Very few films are both directed and written by a woman. Sofia Coppola continues to subvert the status quo by writing and directing films which observe the conditions of femininity. The Beguiled is a period film set in a girl’s school during the American Civil War. It portrays themes of jealousy and competition which surround adolescent females while ultimately signalling a message of empowerment.
The journey towards gender equality is a long and arduous one, requiring active participation from all of us. From what we watch on television, to where we direct our savings; our daily lives facilitate more harm than we may realise. At times it can feel as though choice is in the hands of someone else. But it is important to be reminded that things can change, if we commit to changing.
At Good Super we care about enabling change. We recognise that society is like a mechanism and every person behaves as its parts. If we each examine our part of the whole and tighten a few loose screws, the whole mechanism will be forced to function more harmoniously.
We’re handing you the tools; the rest is up to you.