I’m a Joss Whedon diehard fan. I don’t think any present Hollywood figure has ever inspired me as much as this creative genius. His rallying for equality and women’s rights is nothing short of incredible. His wit, mission, and innovation is everything brilliant and beyond.
This video of Joss accepting an Equality Now award has resurfaced onto my screen, and it reminded me to share this to everyone I know.
I’ve questioned the rights of women each and every day. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see something discriminatory against the female gender. Whether that be in fashion, reading, writing, entertainment, education, news, or in the strangers that walk by and holler at women passing. When 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was vehemently victimized by the Taliban a year ago, I was again befuddled by the lack of progress the world has made with its reaction to women and women’s power. Why is that?
When people speak to me about my role at Zooey magazine, they remark as to how ‘successful’ I am with being a woman. Then I also think, why does that even matter if I’m a woman or not? Why did this person even say that? Or think that?
Is it so astonishing that women can be in power? That they can stand at the top of their industries, and be able to voice their opinion and create a drift of change? Why is it that other countries fear educated women, so much as to shoot them when they object the prejudice?
After careful thinking these past months, I’ve come to just one conclusion. The female gender is feared. Because when we’re educated, intelligent, well-versed, we are feared by the eyes of others. Because one day, being head of the household will be seen as the norm. Because one day, there will be a female president.
There was an incident about perhaps one or so years ago, where a male publicist in Los Angeles argued with me about placing his clients in Zooey. I go through about dozens of these pitches, and can’t possibly accept everyone (especially if I don’t feel they’re fitting for what we are). When I politely declined, he turns around and states: “Not sure who you’re in bed with elsewhere, but VERY peculiar.” In other words, he’s asking me who I’m sleeping with that I am declining his clients. Would he ask a male Editor this? Probably not.
Because of events like these, and mindsets like this fellow’s, I made a mission to have Zooey serve as a dialogue and inspiration for women. You don’t see hungry girls with their rib-cages hanging through cropped tees, nor do you see us suggesting new types of weight-losing diets that surely haven’t been proven by any recorded scientific research. And I intend to keep it this way.
Beyond this, I’ve started working with a nonprofit organization called WriteGirl. It’s a Los Angeles community that teaches girls how to express themselves through pen and paper. By empowering us ladies, we are able to enlarge our voices in the world and force waves of positive changes. For me, the root of education will allow us all to start to understand one another, to express our feelings and thoughts, and to pay it forward, and to spread benevolence. Then we will achieve equality.
I’m so thrilled to work with this group, and also honored to speak to them at the Los Angeles Times this Saturday. It’s about time women are at the center stage.