Often it seems that white creators can’t be trusted to tell this truth. Whiteness (and patriarchy) affects the lens through which white male filmmakers, writers, directors, etc. perceive white women. The impulse to protect white women — a certain kind, usually: those of us who uphold the feminine values deemed worthy of protection — is strong. This results in the depiction of nonracist versions of white female characters but also sexist ones. Intersections matter. But of course, white women writers, directors, etc. do something of the same:…
Olivia A. Cole
I emphatically concur with your piece. I have to admit that I am not accustomed to such candor coming from your angle 👀 which is a contributive and refreshing take and critique😊.
From my perspective the sincere fictions as seen through the patriarchal lens stems from the ‘cult of true womanhood’, formerly and interchangeably known too as the “cult of domesticity”. The obsessive yearn to preserve some aspect of anglo-saxon virtues of true womanhood along with its steadfast projection of race/class-worthy standards and its remnants are a conforming remix today. It is being used to promote anti-feminist values which proffer “good intentions’’ along with racial/privilege rewarding and symbolism.