Google kindly reminded us that today’s international women’s day. It’s a shame that even in times of supposed equality the number of women musicians, writers and artists (not to mention world leaders and other positions of power) is so low compared to men. It’s a shame that people still assume that if a woman is a feminist she hates men, that if she’s in a band the band sucks, that if she’s into music it’s because she once had a boyfriend who was into music, that if she has a good job she had to fuck somebody to get it, that if she likes to have sex with multiple partners she is a slut, that if she doesn’t want to get married she is weird, that if she writes it’s probably chick lit and that if she has short hair she’s a lesbian. What’s even worse is that this train of thought is so common that women often think like that. I find it unbelievable that some women are happy to live their lives like their grandmothers did, that an ideal of femininity that has been outdated for decades is still forced upon us and that the mere existence of a holiday celebrating women is still necessary.
Marilyn Monroe was so clever that she succeeded in making the entire world she was a dumb blonde, and she took full advantage of it. She went to university to study literature and art, and actively supported the presence of females in higher education. She also started her own production company after her disenchantment with Hollywood’s studio system. Respect.