Barlow is one of my closest friends who I have a lot of respect for. He is the founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In this post, I would like to highlight a quote from a recent Wired article on the 20th anniversary of Barlow’s the “Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace:”
“It depends on the physical world and can’t exist without it, but to a fairly large extent, it’s another thing, unprecedented in world history: [Cyberspace is] an environment where people across the planet could come together and have a sense of political constituency.”
Friends like Barlow inspire me to fight the good fight with the ERA. How has the Internet shaped your view of the world and opened boundaries for you?
With the recent wrap of her Rebel Heart tour in Australia, Madonna has achieved a new milestone of being one of only six artists to gross more than $1 billion in live touring revenue since 1990. The fellow artists that join her on the ‘Top Grossing Billboard Boxscore Touring Acts’ list are all male and are all over 50, such as Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and U2.
Madonna was quoted in a 2015 interview with Refinery 29’s Neha Gandhi about current issues facing women in society.
“You can be sexy, but you can’t be smart. You can be smart, but you can’t be sexy. You can be
sexy, but you can’t be 50. So, we live in a very ageist society, which means we live in a sexist
society because nobody ever gives men shit for how they behave, however old they are. There is no rulebook. But, if you’re a woman, there are rules, and there are boundaries.”
How do we find a solution to disqualifying the ageist, sexist media rhetoric that currently feeds into the majority of the criticism that many women, such as Madonna, face in the media today?
Jennifer Lawrence has never been too outspoken about feminism. However, recently she penned a letter discussing the Hollywood wage gap, and attitude towards women. One line she wrote really stuck out to me while reading her letter. She wrote: “All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.”
How do you think we can go about changing the stigma that if a woman speaks her mind she is being ‘difficult’?
“Feminism often has a negative connotation, and I am always working towards changing that mindset. I think the main reason for this mindset is a lack of understanding. Jane Fonda defines feminism perfectly as “… nothing less than saying I want to be a whole human being with equal rights and equal opportunities.”
What do YOU think is the best way to educate people on the true meaning of feminism? – Natalie White