After speaking out against critics of her daughter Willow’s new haircut, the mega-articulate actress and activist Jada Pinkett-Smith used her Facebook platform to bring awareness to a much larger issue: how the degradation of women in the media negatively affects both men and women.
Talk about a woman who knows how to use her words as a weapon for justice and equality!
We’re with you, Jada.
“How is man to recognize his full self, his full power through the eye’s of an incomplete woman? The woman who has been stripped of Goddess recognition and diminished to a big ass and full breast for physical comfort only. The woman who has been silenced so she may forget her spiritual essence because her words stir too much thought outside of the pleasure space. The woman who has been diminished to covering all that rots inside of her with weaves and red bottom shoes.
I am sure the men, who restructured our societies from cultures that honored woman, had no idea of the outcome. They had no idea that eventually, even men would render themselves empty and longing for meaning, depth and connection.
There is a deep sadness when I witness a man that can’t recognize the emptiness he feels when he objectifies himself as a bank and truly believes he can buy love with things and status. It is painful to witness the betrayal when a woman takes him up on that offer.
He doesn’t recognize that the [creation] of a half woman has contributed to his repressed anger and frustration of feeling he is not enough. He then may love no woman or keep many half women as his prize.
He doesn’t recognize that it’s his submersion in the imbalanced warrior culture, where violence is the means of getting respect and power, as the reason he can break the face of the woman who bore him 4 four children.
When woman is lost, so is man. The truth is, woman is the window to a man’s heart and a man’s heart is the gateway to his soul.
Power and control will NEVER out-weigh love.
May we all find our way.”
~ Jada Pinkett-Smith, via Sinuous Magazine
And speaking of words, this year’s SAG awards were hosted by a woman and all the awards were given out by the ladies. The Time’s Up movement, the Women’s March and the MeToo participants were out in force. We are not backing down. With their large platform and huge fan base, these women of the screen are leading the charge in the support of change.
It seems like the award itself may get a face-lift after references were made to it’s gender specifics by Morgan Freeman. Regardless, and again, Nicole Kidman made the comment that women actors today don’t have their careers ending by the age 40, that because of more women in the industry, more women roles have emerged. Roles that are not only profitable, but roles that women want to watch. Women writers, directors and producers whose voices are making a difference. And huge profits. And we all know, money talks. Money is power. From Jada to Oprah and all these fine warrior women, they are on the move to be the change we are seeking by using Words, powerful, passionate, poignant words. The rest is up to us, to show up and to use our words wisely.