Independent media supposedly eschews this world of profit values in order to communicate in a more free, honest, and genuine manner. But, as a female indie filmmaker/feminist activist, I have experienced sexism, aversion to "the f-word" - usually predicated on assumptions that feminists are either mean-spirited men-haters or naïve pot-smokers - and bureaucratic coldness like that found within the commercial film industry amongst colleagues and independent media makers. And what upsets me most is that the majority of these experiences have happened with other women. Why?Read Barry's article, posted on the MediaRights website, here.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Julia Barry writes of her experience with feminism in the media, and the ways some women have adopted tactics of the patriarchy to compete against other women. Not only is feminism the new "f-word," but women have favored individual accomplishment over group activism. She claims that this isn't simply a Hollywood problem: