FEMINIST FRIDAY: Common, Priyanka Chopra & Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Share Powerful Social Messages

Welcome to another Feminist Friday column, the part of our week where we share a handful of our fave videos of the moment, relating to our definition of what it means to be an intersectional feminist. We recognize the movement is so diverse and everyone has their own lived experience, but the more we share our lives and messages, we can make an impact for the greater good of equality for all.

This week we’re all about celebrities using their platform for positive influence. In a world where there is so much division and everyone has a voice thanks to social and digital media, inevitably the loudest of those will rise to the top and gain the most attention. This doesn’t always happen in positive ways, mind you, which is why we like to highlight the voices of celebrities when they are being raised to empower others in their lives.

First up is part of an interview with rapper Common who spoke to Sam Jones about the historical link between music and protest. The clip is part of a Netflix show called ‘Off Camera with Sam Jones’, and this gives you a taste of what to expect from the full interview. As an artist committed to civil rights and racial justice, Common makes some really great points about why art is an important medium for change. We hear far too many statements such as “[so-and-so] should stick to [insert career] and stop talking about politics!”. But the truth is as people we are ALL part of the body politic and we have a responsibility to use the resources we have, and the spaces we are in for the greater good. Of course, at the end of the day it has to be our choice to do this, and we are glad there are many who are taking up the cause.

The next video is from one of our all-time fave Hollywood babes, Priyanka Chopra, who recently filmed an interview during a shoot for Allure’s first ever digital issue. As an outspoken feminist who isn’t afraid to talk about gender equality, Priyanka is also a champion for an inclusive definition of beauty and positive body image.

As a celebrity who has graced many magazine covers, won beauty pageants, dominated both the film and TV industries and been chosen as the face of some world-renowned brands, it’s refreshing to hear her speak against the damaging trends that force women to dislike who they are right now.

“Everyone doesn’t look the same way, so the world needs to be trained to see beauty differently. You see so many women, different sizes, modeling, acting, taking their strength, but it’s the mindset that needs to change, of society, of men, of people…A woman in a plus-size should not be a check in the box. Or a woman of color should not be a check in the box. Or a woman shouldn’t be a check in the box,” she said in the video below taken while on her Allure shoot.

There are so many nuggets of wisdom in this short impromptu video, it might as well be our daily pep talk or the best big TED Talk as far as we’re concerned! Hear what Priyanka has to say below:

The final video we want to share this week comes from one of our fave feminist authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Best known for her TED Talk (and subsequent Beyonce ‘Flawless’ interlude) ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ and books like ‘Americanah’ and ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’, she has a lot to say about feminism in an intersectional way. She has shared perspectives on gender equality from her home country of Nigeria, as well as her adopted home America.

She recently spoke at the 2018 annual Chatham House Conference about feminism, racism, patriarchy and power dynamics. She went on to discuss the importance of stories and how they carry nuance, alluding to another one of her powerful TED Talks where she explained the danger of a “single story” when it comes to stereotyping people.

Talking about how gender roles are assigned and continue to be perpetuated, Chimamanda intelligently lays out why we must move past outdated notions of forcing narrow norms on people, and instead start from a place where we view each other as equals. There are many societal problems that stem from a lack of complete gender equality and hearing messages like Chimamanda’s is an important reminder how much work we still have to do. Watch the speech below and share with your friends:

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