Last Friday, while perusing Yale periodicals, I got really excited: the phrase “embrace feminism” appeared in the title of a YDN article. After a month of ranting about the publication of blatantly sexist viewpoints, including an article that attacked Broad Recognition for “bashing Yale’s periodicals,” I thought we had made some progress. Finally.
And, in a sense, Makda Asrat’s review in the scene section of the YDN about the play "Fefu and Her Friends," does do some justice to feminism. She at least acknowledges that women do struggle at finding a place in society and that every woman’s struggle is different and unique. (See the quotation from Director Sabina Ahmed.) For a minute there, it seemed like Yale students and even YDN writers had been reading up on post-colonial feminism. (Everyone remain calm.)
But my hopes were squashed by the last paragraph:
All this talk of feminism may deter members of Yale's population who have X-Y chromosomes to attend the play. However, the play, in addition to being visually and aesthetically pleasing, can be interpreted as a story of the universal struggle everyone goes through to figure out who they are, and how they fit into society -- this particular play just looks at this common struggle through a woman's lens. And if this is not convincing enough, there is a brief moment of girl-on-girl action that should draw some attention.Apparently, the feminism part of post-colonial theory went missing from the analysis. Since a main goal of feminism is to highlight oppression and to strive for equality between men and women, men and their power and their social roles must also be examined. Feminism is NOT just a women’s issue; it is a social issue. As for the use of girl-on-girl action to entice men . . . no comment.