Everything is problematic, everything is sexist. The American Left has deemed the world a dangerous place for women, but generally save their criticism for at home, not in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East where women aren’t allowed to drive or walk unaccompanied. Sadly, this kneejerk “everything is problematic” take on feminism is normal in the rest of the world too, with British actress Helen Mirren joining in.
US Weekly reported on her latest asinine comments,
“It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung round their girlfriend’s shoulders,” Mirren, 70, told the Daily Mail‘s You magazine this past weekend. “It’s like ownership. Of course, when you’re young, you want the guy to take your hand and look after you. But when I see girls being leaned on, I want to say, ‘Tell him to get his damned arm off your shoulder.'”
Mirren went on to express disapproval about many modern-day women. “Women are still toddlers,” she noted. “Trying to find their position in the age of sexual liberation, birth control, education and financial independence. We’re still finding our path. And yes, we’re making a lot of mistakes along the way.”
Got that? If you don’t subscribe to Mirren’s version of feminism, you’re owned by a boyfriend and a toddler unable to assert independence.
Nothing says women’s liberation quite like demanding total conformation.
There’s still a great global need for feminism and the active participation of the world’s feminists ensuring young girls are safe from genital mutilation, allowed to go to school, drive and venture outside alone. Many of the world’s women don’t receive more than an 8th grade education and are forced to marry still in their teens. If feminism wanted to be taken seriously, these would be the issues at the top of the agenda, not an attack on how teenagers in the Western world sit next to each other on a date at the movies.