Can You Believe it! It’s 2016 and Women STILL Can’t Catch a Break
Can you believe that in the year 2016 women are still fighting to be heard? To be equals? Or even to simply be comfortable in our own skin? The internet is flooded with content on gender equality and body shaming. From the workplace to the big screen, we can’t seem to catch a break. It’s like everyone has an opinion and in this digitally social world we live in today, it’s quite easy for the haters to voice their opinions.
Beyoncé Sends a Powerful Message
Our girl Bey put out a song at the top of the month called Formation. In a nutshell, the Queen Bey seems to be sick and tired of being sick and tired. She’s voicing her opinion about the haters, her heritage, her man, her child, and police brutality within the black community. Let’s not forget to mention that she’s also empowering women to get in formation to conquer the world… sounds like an awesome movement right?
Well leave it to the cynics to have something to say. You have those who feel that her performance during the Superbowl was in fact “anti-cop” as it promoted the Black Panther Party and the Black Lives Matter Movement. So they decided to Boycott Beyoncé (Though that turned out to be an epic fail).
Now it seems as if the Miami Police Union is urging a nationwide boycott by law enforcement labor organization of Yoncé’s forthcoming world tour. I never thought a few dance moves and song lyrics would entice this type of response.
Instagram Yoga Star Gets Body Shamed
While you would assume that a yoga enthusiast would be in tip top shape, social media still had to voice their opinion. Kerri Verna posted a picture on her Instagram account wearing a pair of white shorts. To most she looks great and seems to be enjoying herself and loving the skin she’s in. Leave it to social media trolls to mess things up…
Do you know they had the audacity to say her rear end was too fat???!!! (Side-eye) They antagonized the poor woman to the point she deleted the post. Luckily she put the post back up and used it as a platform for body shaming.
Ashley Graham and Sports Illustrated Photoshop Madness
What was supposed to be a momentous moment for model Ashley Graham, took a turn for the worse. Ashely Graham along with Hailey Clauson and Ronda Rousey, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine making history. We congratulated Sports Illustrated on getting it right in our weekly Blab session. However, not everyone shared our sentiment. In fact, the internet went wild stating that she was photoshopped! Are you serious? Curvaceous women can’t slay the cover like other models without having some sort of technological assistance? Bad enough that she was the only model who’s clothing size was repeatedly publicized next to her name, “the plus size 16 model”.
Reese Witherspoon Addresses Sexism in Hollywood
Last (but certainly not least) you have the talented actress Reese Witherspoon who is speaking out about sexism in Hollywood. Apparently, women are typecast a lot in Hollywood and can only get roles that portray them as less than their male counterparts, or in a sexual nature. As Reese puts it she’s tired of being “the girlfriend in the dumb comedy”.
While she decided to start producing her own movies, not all the women in Hollywood have that platform. Why can’t a woman have a strong leading role that has nothing to do with her physical appearance and everything to do with her intellect or ability to act?
I tell ya, we’ve certainly overcome a lot of obstacles over the past few years including gender equality within the military, but we still have a long way to go. Why won’t society let women be? Why must we continue to prove that we can hang with the best of them? That we can be beautiful in all shapes, sizes, and colors? That we deserve to be taken seriously? That we are more than babies maker and care-givers… in the words of Queen Bey, “Okay ladies now let’s get in formation.” It’s time to stand up for change.