I recently went to see Dunkirk at Bradford IMAX, you know, we made a day of it and actually left the house. So, understandably, I considered blogging about it, and giving a little review about the film. It’s something I would do, so why not? Well, I realised a while ago that it’s very easy to fall out of blogging when you’re writing about things outside of what you really care about. By that I mean, I want to write about the things that I feel strongly about – and only that. (I did enjoy Dunkirk, but I’d rather watch Band of Brothers any day). So without further a-do, here starts a series where I talk about the things I love! To start with – Broadly and the rise of knowledge-power.
Letting Go of ‘Girl Power’
It’s no coincidence that liberal thought is the biggest trend of 2017. For the past 10 years, we’ve all had a serious awakening and a well-deserved slap across the face for the limited effort we put into our progressive, liberal goals. After a short stint from the Spice Girls in the 90s, “Girl Power” lost its edge – or it never had it to begin with. While New Labour confused the hell out of what we thought liberal or ‘left wing’ was. So here’s a bold statement for you – Girl Power is bullshit.
Incase you were questioning where my loyalties lie, I am a staunch feminist. That is precisely why I can’t accept fully grown women using the term ‘girl power’ in a sense of empowerment. It’s all well and good saying you grew up with ‘Girl Power’ being at the root of your drive for success. But, the idea that feminism is the same as ‘girl power’ is like saying a socialist is the same as a communist. Feminism is about equality, not celebrating your gender like a badge of honour. How will we be seen as equal when the focus is always on what gender we align to?
The idea that saying “girl power” will instantly give you more power is the most disappointing aspect of this much-celebrated phrase. As an adult your success really depends on what you see as power, and how you choose to use it. Is power something you behold, or is it something someone holds over you? Now, more than ever, it’s clear that power lies at the heart of every good and bad, every right and wrong. So really, what power is accessible to most and can be used to do good?
Knowledge-Power and the Rise of Broadly
Many say that money is power, but let’s be truthful here. The majority of people under the age of 30 have to count their pennies just to buy a Gregg’s sausage roll. So when we don’t have money, what do we have? When we feel powerless about our own lives and anxiety increases, what do we have? Do we really have to fit into a socially constructed stereotype just to be understood? A question that circulates my anxious head quite a lot is – ‘In a world that respects without due, and prioritises the needs of extroverts and men, what gives me, an introverted woman, any kind of power in life?‘
For me, knowledge is power. I focus on increasing my knowledge because it’s the one thing I have full control (power) over. It’s something I know I can build on and in the long run could influence others in a positive way. It is something that will stand me in good stead in any situation. So I read blogs, articles, books. I watch films, documentaries and crash courses on history. History that very rarely mentions the important roles that women have played in making the world what it is today. And blogs, which in the blogger’s world of beauty and fashion, are very rarely insightful or educational. So for a long time, there was a gap in the market for a well-funded, liberal media outlet, rolling out content on the reg for women and men who feel like they aren’t represented in the mainstream. Broadly filled that gap.
There’s Something About Broadly
You may have already heard of Vice and/or Vice News. If not – Vice are a digital media and broadcasting company. Starting out as a magazine, Vice gradually grew into a hugely influential digital media company; expanding to online content, creating Vice News and Viceland. Vice now has many channels, such as Noisey, Tonic, Munchies, Motherboard and Broadly.
Broadly is the woman’s perspective, let’s just put it out there. Through ‘original reporting and documentary film’ Broadly aim to ‘provide a sustained focus on the issues that matter most to women’. Namely: sex, drugs, politics and culture. But Broadly is so liberal on content that would usually be twisted and chewed up by the right wing media, that it really is for anyone and everyone.
One day you’ll be reading about the UK Cracking Down on Gender Stereotypes in Ads, the next you’ll be clicking through to Christians and Witches Are Waging Spiritual War Over Trump. If none of those take your fancy, Broadly also has shows on their video page with lots of insightful content posted on the reg! So there’s lots for you to tuck in to there. Have a gander and let me know what you think in the comments!