Everyone wants to empower women but few want to ask the question, what exactly are we empowering women to do?
Ever since Hollywood’s sex for fame scheme was exposed to the mainstream masses in the light of the Harvey Weinstein case, Hollywood has taken a radical position that men are the problem and women need to be empowered. The same people who created the toxic environment that they are actively trying to combat are now in charge of changing the dynamic of men and women everywhere.
It is one thing to empower young girls, it’s another thing to lead them astray. The release of the feminist retelling of Hansel & Gretel ironically entitled Gretel & Hansel was met with poor reviews and very little box office interest. Despite that, there was a push to praise the film for its feminist coming of age storytelling. In the film, The evil witch is shown to be a maternal figure for the young Gretel. At one point, she even goes as far as to tell her that she alone has the power to shape her future. However, in order to keep this “power” intact, she must let go of her younger brother who will only hold her back from her potential, she must give up on her family.
Now, one could write this off as a villainous message from a villainous character, but the context of the message becomes more concerning when you realize that the writer, as well as the reviewer, do not see this deeply disturbing messaging as just that. In the film, Gretel is not only the older sister to her young brother but a parental figure as they are but abandoned by their mother. Gretel is not only told to give up on her brother to further her own potential but metaphorically give up on her child. This is something the “maternal” figure of the satanic witch Holda not only did herself but took it a step further by murdering her own children who according to her, made her miserable by holding her back…this is who our protagonist is learning life lessons from.
One could not help but look back at the recent Golden Globes speech of one Michelle Williams, an actress who was praised for her decision to get an abortion which led to her being able to continue her dream as an actress and win her golden award.
“I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making and not just the series of events that happen to you but one that I can stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over, sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise, but one that I have carved with my own hand and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose,” Williams said in her speech.
In the world of intersectional feminism, which has become a celebrated doctrine in Hollywood, anyone who prevents a woman from doing what she wants is considered a burden to her potential, even if that person is their child. When female empowerment is taught by the gatekeepers of the progressive left, it becomes a message that tells women that men are their oppressors and putting others ahead of yourself is wrong. The message becomes inherently anti-family, anti-mother and it is celebrated.
If culture is downstream of politics, then what is the endgame of convincing a generation of young girls that love and family are virulent to personal satisfaction? Are we empowering women to be independent or leading them to the same life of misery and unhappiness shared by their “teachers”?