It’s my fault when women are oppressed*

* Apparently.

Janet Albrechtsen performs some pretty impressive mental gymnastics in her column in The Australian: A tale of two standards. And by impressive, I mean intellectually dishonest.

Albrechtsen ridicules feminists because Sex and The City 2 is about shopping – and ridicules feminists because the first movie was better than the second – and then blames feminists for a woman being stoned to death in a village in Iran in 1986:

Left-liberal critics have derided The Stoning of Soraya M as a message movie. Too close to “lurid torture porn”, Stephen Holden wrote in The New York Times. Local echo Tim Elliott at The Sydney Morning Herald dismissed the film as a predictable message movie where the men are “leering archetypes of Islamic patriarchy”.

So, two male journos don’t like the film and feminists are to blame? Where would you be, Janet, without feminism? Handwashing your husband’s undies, no doubt.

This is the ugly result when political correctness and cultural relativism meet movie critic. Their Goldilocks critique goes something like this: if you’re Al Gore talking about climate change or Michael Moore dumping on capitalism, then your message is just right. But a movie with a message about Islam being co-opted by men to denigrate, violate and kill women is, yawn, just too much message. “I know stoning is bad, but I want a movie about it, not a sermon,” Elliott wrote.

Um, Janet? Why don’t you direct your frowning displeasure at the two journos who wrote the things you disagree with? Not feminism.

Unless you’re a movie critic trapped in the mindset where it’s only acceptable to make stark judgments about Western culture. In which case, you get a little queasy about a movie that speaks with moral certainty about the evils of Islam being used to stone women to death.

Damn straight. But not the very next bit:

And while Western feminists navel gaze about their latest work-life imbalances and play games to decide whether they are more like Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte or Miranda, Islamic feminists have other things on their agenda.

Oh, for fuck’s sake.

23 responses to “It’s my fault when women are oppressed*

  1. I’m sorry I don’t have time to comment on this I’m too busy doing a facebook app on how although I am cynical like Miranda, I love to fuck like Sam and wish I owned a fabulous park avenue apartment like charlotte or a shoe collection to rival Carrie’s. Oh if only I had a rich man to love me.

    Is that vacuous enough for you Janet or shall I go back to my real job, my education and home ownership now….the opportunities of which were paved for by femininism, political correctness and equal opportunities.

    on a side note, I heard that the new SATC film is racist and all about wealth and frankly quite horrid. the first film sold the characters out badly enough and it lost its feminist or empowered women cache in my opinion then.

    • Yeah, I heard that too. I have no interest in seeing it, because I didn’t watch the tv show. Saw the first movie and didn’t care for it (no doubt because I didn’t watch the tv show and so didn’t feel connected to/interested in the characters.)

  2. PS. Janet bags femininism cos it makes the boys at The Australian like her more .. “oh she’s OK that Janet, not one of those whingeing femo journos”

  3. Feminism has made it OK for me to say ‘cunt’ as much as I want. For that I am truly thankful (as you, NWN and Lexy are probably aware) :). Probably not the point, but just thought I’d put it out there.

  4. Where would you be, Janet, without feminism? Handwashing your husband’s undies, no doubt.

    The irony of course is that not only would Janet not have a career without feminism but her whole shtick is based on slagging feminism and feminists off. She is completely unable to acknowledge her own privilege, privilege that she enjoys in part because of feminism and I doubt she’d ever have to hand wash her husbands undies- because as I understand it he’s a partner in one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms… she doesn’t need to worry about work life balance, she could stop working tomorrow. I’d really like Janet to come and live my life for a week and see how she’d cope with single parenting, working, studying and oooh occasionally having a social life…maybe if she had any fucking clue about the reality of most women’s lives (not just rich white educated upper middle class types) she’d stop talking out of her arse.

  5. Janet, pop on over here, the Singaporeans would love to hear all about it………..

  6. Thnx for taking out the rubbish, NwN.

  7. I’m just really confused at how she went from Islam to Al Gore to Sex and the City then back to Islam.

    If the second movie is worse than the first movie I’m concerned. I loved the series but the first movie was horrendously bad. It made me really depressed. So obviously I’m off to see the second movie today. Because I like to torture myself.

    Actually I am still really confused – why isn’t she just pissed at the male journos? And ahem I might be out of line here but does every review of Sex in the City have to be by men who scoff at it and make jokes about how silly women are and oh my how they love shoes?

    • Oh I just read the article. How very odd.

      Still confused.

    • Of course it has to be. Because then they can all talk about how they don’t get and women are silly. I’ve read some great (bad) reviews of it (and this one, that you put me on to: http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2010/06/i-write-letters.html), but they’re all by bloggers who exist outside the MSM.

      • Yep that’s a great post. In particular the fact that MSM reviewers make a big deal about saying how “sexist” it is but a Judd Apatow movie somehow isn’t considered sexist. That’s not to say that just because there are sexist movies out there it’s OK for SitC to be sexist. Still….

        Also SitC is made by men. It’s a movie about women BY men. I mean I loved the series but the series was VERY different to the first movie. The series was at least based on Candace Bushnell’s columns (well they softened it a lot but it was at least half-heartedly base don the columns). So I don’t get why women are criticised for the failings of the movie when WE didn’t make it.

        To me the first movie literally seemed like a man was imagining what a woman would want but he’d never ever had a conversation with a woman. That’s pretty much what it was like. Whereas the series rang true a fair bit (for me anyway). They destroyed the Carrie character in that movie. After watching Sex in the City for six seasons it was pretty distressing for me to see them do that to her.

        Kind of like the producers of The L Word killing me with what they did in the last season of that show. I was literally screaming at the TV in the final season of The L Word. Thank God it was only like six episodes long.

        • Yeah, that’s how I feel about the two movies – written and directed by men, so why are women (as an entire gender) copping the blame for what two guys did?

        • tru dat! The series was excellent (yes they are wealthy, gorgeous, successful extremes of what modern women are – although frankly in big cities a minority of women like this do exist to a certain extent) but they hit the nail on the head so many times with issues of women and men. I loved the series. the films are dreadful. sold the characters out and cared little for the history. I was really offended by their audible gasp they all had the Sam had a pot belly (the most minor belly fat I have ever seen) but this was a cardinal sin. really poor messages for body image!

          anyway that’s my 2c worth on SATC. may see the film for the fashion alone if I can stand the racism and shady gender politics.

  8. Notice how the Moslem women are waging a ‘quiet war’? Of course, if they were over here, no doubt Our Beloved Janet would describe it as a ‘shrill’ war.

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