Respectability politics makes us comfortable. It hoists us up on our high horses, and takes away our responsibility for the way we treat other people. It puts the burden on the marginalized person to adjust their appearance or behavior to earn respect from the majority.
Over the past few years, feminism has grown in popularity, and this has led the media to put the spotlight on it to sell magazines, get clicks, and earn likes and shares. The media’s interest is not in spreading the message of feminism, but to sensationalize it by putting celebrities on the spot to see what they will say in response to bait questions.
From MySpace and Hi5 to Facebook and Twitter, our relationship with social media has evolved over the past 15 years. Unfortunately, this may have led to the loss of curiosity and the devolution of our bonds with the people these platforms were built to connect us with, beyond the boundaries of time and space.
Telling the stories of our lives, weaving dreams of lives we wish we had, and bringing back memories in a rush, music is a powerful force. We, as consumers, are primarily concerned with the application of the lyrics to our lives and danceability of the track.
Alicia Wallace is a women's rights activist, public educator, and cultural critic from Nassau, Bahamas. She is a non-profit consultant and movement builder, and has worked with organizations in Canada, USA, UK, and The Bahamas focused on issues ranging from homelessness to sexual and reproductive rights. She wears an intersectional feminist lens and enjoys learning, sharing ideas, harnessing the power of people, asking questions, and creating solutions. She makes time for cycling, running, cooking, baking, reading, writing, eating cupcakes, and having tea. She tweets as @_AliciaAudrey.