Two Academy awards, three SAG awards, three Golden Globes, and three BAFTA’s to name a few of her achievements. Yet, 45 year old Cate Blanchett walked the red carpet this year, stopped when the cameraman indulged in a sweeping and objectifying shot of her, and did this.
She did it because she noticed the men were being ignored (or that it wasn’t even occurring to anyone to capture a sweeping shot of Bradley Cooper and the rest), she did it because it was high time the public pandering media was brought to task on how they objectify women anywhere and everywhere, she did it because it needed to be done. And, she was right to do it.
She took a stand, and I applauded her for it. At the time, I remember thinking how great it would be if more women in Asia began to take such stands, more public figures, more women who had grown tired of this menace called “No matter how ‘modest’ you are, we will find some way to make you seem filthy.”
Case in point.
OMG: Deepika Padukone’s Cleavage Show!
Wow, so was that bit of her skin so newsworthy, because no male actor was photographed where his balls were outlined through his trousers? Or were some of those trousers not stuffed enough with socks that night?
And, she took a stand. Bravo! It was the rise I’d hoped would happen, the stance long overdue in our society. But…
Yes there always is a ‘but’ because women.
Women don’t like what she said, what she did, how she dresses, talks, walks, appears in public/photoshoots/movies/item songs. Women do not approve of how she reacted to that headline, that shot. Women are feeling like she doesn’t respect herself, that she allowed this to happen in the first place, that she needs to take responsibility, because you know, if a woman doesn’t do that no man will be able to.
Men need us women to teach them stuff like respect, boundaries, restraint, etc. Clearly it is up to us, clearly we must make more of an effort, clearly we are not doing our duty to society. That Cate and Deepika, what do they know? They’re objects with no self respect.
Let’s vilify them! Let’s strap on a penis and really go to town on their asses, cleavage, morals and what not. They took a step forward? No, no, no, just NO! Let’s shove them ten paces back then scream bloody murder when a teenage girl gets raped because some asshole thought it was okay to rip her ‘immodest’ clothes off and violate her body.
Let’s do that.
P.S. I hear Sonam and her merry band of internet heroines have a sale going on somewhere. Bottled modesty, boxed self-respect, moral ointment, cleavage binds, chastity belts, kneeling mats for dick worship…