Megan Markle’s podcast Archetypes has caught a lot of attention on social media lately! In her latest episode, she invited actors cum activists, Jameela Jamil and Shohreh Aghdashloo.
In the installment titled ‘The Audacity of the Activist’ Markle and her guests spoke about the bias and sexism women activists have to endure throughout their lives.
They also openly talked about how female activists “get no credit and all the blame,” are made to “feel small” and why women having big ideas “is often deemed audacious.”
Meghan says at the start of the podcast she sees female activism as being perceived with a ‘how dare she’ attitude, and questions, why people try to make women with big opinions, feel small.
“I started to notice this, almost default eye roll, when someone would mention a woman fighting for a cause, and almost, “here she goes again”, or maybe it was more: “Why can’t she just sit down”.
“The unspoken annoyance that seems to swirl around women in activism was astounding to me and I couldn’t quite wrap my head around it. I still can’t.”
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Last week Meghan claimed her “difficult Duchess” label was a euphemism for “b***h”, saying the word “difficult” is used to gaslight women.
On the other hand, Jamil pointed out that the media is obsessed with a woman’s appearance no matter her achievements. She gave an example of her personal experience while promoting ‘The Good Place’.
“I joined Instagram in 2016 to promote my show and kept on seeing these posts on the explore page, clearly directed to me as I’m a woman of a certain age. They were pictures of women with numbers on their bodies, but the numbers weren’t how many awards they have won or their network like we see with a lot of men, it was just how much they weigh.”
Jamil elaborated that these “powerful” women have “broken records,” yet the entire focus is still on their “bodies.” “These were powerful women who have broken records, women who have started empires, with just their weight written across their bodies. No one would do that with men,” she noted.
She said, “It’s just it’s an unfathomable amount of sh** that you take, Markle. I can’t believe it. And I fought back on your behalf for years before I’d ever met you because I was so outraged by the twisting of this, very normal, very kind, very civilised woman. That demonisation just shows how afraid they are of you.”
Jamil then apologized to Markle for bearing the hateful comments and fighting back the “intense unkindness.” “I’m so sorry you’ve had to withstand it. It has highlighted for us the intense unkindness, bigotry and misogyny of our media. And I think and I hope and I feel faith that the tides are changing because so many of us are fighting back,” she continued.
Shohreh Aghdashloo also shared her two cents who has also spent many years protesting violence against women
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