Some of you who read the RadicalHub might have come across a post I wrote about Virginia Woolf. A watered down version of her life story was retold in the movie The Hours. The Hours was a good feminist movie.
On the 30th of October I will be going to see Suffragette and it didn’t surprise me to see that Meryl Streep was behind it because she played a large part in the production of The Hours
Some say that the Suffragettes actually called themselves the Suffragists and that the “ette” was added on by those hostile to the movement much the same as “ess” is added onto Steward. Language is important. Anyway these are the women we have to thank for female suffrage in Britain today.
As a radfem I am on the one hand glad to see a movie where the common condition of women is acknowledged and that women of all classes united for one cause.
I can’t remember now which feminist said that unfortunately the right to vote took so much out of us, and men fought back so hard, and we suffered so many losses and so much brutality that when we finally won the vote (or were given it) we had run out of steam. The feminist movement ran out of energy. We got the vote, but we had won the right to vote for men, or for men’s laws.
I am not disparaging what the women fought for, laws were changed by women. They raised the marriage age and enabled women to keep the property they owned upon marriage and a host of other laws were brought in and our lives are undoubtedly better.
But men gave us a concession and proclaimed that we were free and that we’d won. They have been able to use the fact that we had the right to vote as proof we were equal and what were we complaining about.
But when Emily Davison threw herself in front of the king’s horse she became an icon of how far women would go. We have to draw what strength we can from these women’s stories and never forget that the battle strategies they used did frighten men. Hence the concession
But men enjoy nothing more than a good fight. It excites them. So when we see catchphrases such as “in the days before women had a voice” we can’t help but notice that the implication is that today we do. If we had a voice we wouldn’t blog anonymously. We still have to drive our anger underground. We don’t know if we have more of a voice now, or less. But we know that we have a long way to go before we are anything close to freedom. And we know men would rather kill us all and be killed than let us be free. Women’s freedom spells alienation, poverty and early deaths for men. Whose energy would they parasite from? Each others’ maybe. They could enslave each other I guess.
But anyway, enjoy the trailers. There are two. The U.S. version moved me and is more artistic. The British trailer is more factual. I’m not sure why there are two different ones and why a generic trailer wouldn’t have done . There is an important scene in the British trailer which is not in the American trailer and that’s the one where “the personal is political” and a man is admonishing his wife for wanting more than to be his wife.