In a neverending quest to better understand myself and my beliefs, I’ve worked hard to view myself in relation to my gender. Through my life, I’ve experienced feelings of inadequacy, feelings that I have to work hard to prove myself whenever dealing with men. I’ve become a strong advocate of feminism, equality, and gender relations even going so far as working on gender equality projects in STEM and promotion of women in the restaurant industry.
Often, I sit back and think of where these feelings of inadequacy come from, where they began and how they are promulgated within our society – and I can usually come up with a few ideas of where they stem from. One, of many, being that they are coming from a place of culture and socialization. It’s built into our society that women have to take a certain type of treatment and that we should long for it; sometimes, we don’t realise that this is stemming from a system that has been built around patriarchy and privilege.
Recently, when I stumbled upon this funny video, I realised more than ever that culture — pop culture specifically, helps reinforce gender norms that can be very damaging to women and our gender understanding as a whole. Here is a fun look at what would happen if famous movie romances had a bit of a feminist twist to them; where they wouldn’t glorify and promote unhealthy expectations of relationships and identity.