Kate Hudson Reflects On The Rising Tide Of Feminism: “Making Noise Makes Change”

Yes, we are indeed living in an exciting time of political #resistance, most notably spearheaded by the historic Women’s March which took place in numerous cities across America, as well as the world, the day after Donald Trump’s Presidential inauguration, as he ran a campaign filled with bigotry, lies and fear. This ongoing resistance has also led to women rising up collectively and raising their voices to bring down dangerous men in powerful positions, most notably Bill O’Reilly at Fox News, and prominent Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The silence has been broken and we are seeing a flood of women and men talk openly about sexual harassment, rape, assault and the dynamics of power that is now being challenged for good reason. It’s also quite shocking to hear how so many A-list actresses such as Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow also felt as if they couldn’t speak up for a time. But now that they are, it is allowing so many others who don’t necessarily share the same level of fame or notoriety to come forward, knowing there is a community finally willing to listen.

Another A-list actress who isn’t afraid to talk about the difficult and controversial issues right now is Kate Hudson, who spoke to Pop Sugar at an event in New York celebrating the launch of Bumble Bizz, the new professional connection feature on feminist dating app Bumble. When talk turned to feminism and politics, Kate said it is an important and exciting time because the “veil has been lifted”, and there has never been a more exciting time to raise your voice.

“We’re still fighting uphill battles, and you just have to hone in on making change, one dialogue at a time, one course of action at a time. Right now everyone is able to have a real voice and have it be nice and loud. Being loud is a really important thing right now. It’s an amazing thing to watch. It’s important because making noise makes change,” she said.

She also spoke about an important aspect of feminism, saying it is not about trying to emulate men, but allow women to truly step into their own feminine power.

“Women are not interested in being like “the man” or having the same position as “the man.” Women want to be women with equal rights. At this point now, we’re very clear about that. I don’t want to be the same as him. I want to be me with the same opportunity. So I think that’s the difference of today than the fight that my mom had to fight,” she said.

When it comes to women supporting one another, the award-winning actress says women have come a long way because we’ve been sold the lie that we need to compete with one another, that there is only room at the table for one.

“We have to remember that we’re no longer competing for anything anymore. We’re not competing for life and death…So women together, as a tribe, to me, are the strongest force. But we were put in a position to have to compete with each other, and that’s got to stop. We’ve got to know that whenever that creeps up in our head, that that’s not our true nature. That was something that was embedded in us, and that needs to start to go away,” she said.

The question of dealing with harassment in the workplace came up, and although it was not directly about Harvey Weinstein, her response shows just how widespread this issue is, across numerous industries, not just Hollywood or the media.

“It’s a very scary thing when you’re a woman who’s been assaulted or harassed to come forward. And it takes a lot of courage. As a whole, I speak for all girls when we say that it gives us so much hope and inspiration when other women come forward and are so frank about their experiences. It’s important to support people who have a hard time coming forward, and this is an issue that’s going to continue to happen that we need to continue to support,” she said.

The culture of victim-blaming and closing ranks around the male perpetrator, especially if he is someone famous, has further complicated the issue because women fear backlash just for speaking up. This is rape culture.

“We’ve lived in a culture where, if a woman comes forward with assault or harassment or rape, there’s this feeling of, ‘Am I going to be seen differently? Is this going to affect my work?’…In certain states there’s a statute of limitation on women who have been raped. How do you do that to a woman? If they are hiding something for 10 years that they finally have the courage to come forward and talk about, how could you take that away from her? And that person should still be held accountable. There’s so much about this that we should always be talking about,” said Kate.

As for the future, she has hope in the younger generation (she has two boys herself) because they are much more aware of equality and are very outspoken about it, thanks to social media platforms. But the key will be education, she says.

“The thing we need to work on as a country is our educational system. To me, that is something that our generation needs to be focused on. To make sure that for our next generation, every child — no matter what background, no matter what ethnicity, no matter whether they’re whatever gender — that they are all educated to have real equal opportunity,” she said.

Right now we are facing a major uphill battle as a country, with Trump’s regressive appointment of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education who has a long history of damaging the public school system. Recently, she rescinded an Obama-era policy on sexual assault victims, which was a shock to many. On the state level, there are also uphill battles being fought. A public school district in Mississippi recently announced it was banning the book ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from its curriculum due to its “racist” language.

Racial justice advocates have been vocally and rightfully outraged that a public school district would willfully want to erase an important aspect of American history that future generations need to learn from. Kate is absolutely right about education being of great importance.

Here’s to the continued resistance in all aspects of society, and women supporting each other and claiming their power.

 

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