Today marks two different, but equal birthdays in television.
20 years ago tonight, a sitcom on NBC about six twenty somethings aired it’s pilot. It was called Friends. The biggest star of the show was Courtney Cox, known for the being the girl who danced with Bruce Springsteen in his 1984 music video, Dancing In The Dark.
The other anniversary is Lost. 10 years ago tonight, an action drama made it’s debut. A plane crashed on a mysterious, unknown island somewhere in the South Pacific. Among the survivors was a doctor, a paraplegic, a pair of spoiled step siblings, a former Iraqi soldier and a convict. It was must see TV for years, despite the complicated plot twists and layers of questions.
Friends is 20 and Lost is 10. I feel old.
Emma Watson gave an impassioned speech about Women’s Rights at the UN very recently. She spoke of an organization called HeForShe. HeForShe is not the typical feminist organization. It calls on men and women to take up the cause of feminism together.
Now that I am thinking about it, this is the absolutely correct next step in the feminist movement. We have achieved so much in only a few generations. However, we are not yet completely equal.
As Ms. Watson pointed out, a woman, even if she has the same or better education or professional background than her male colleague, she is still going to be paid less. In certain countries girls are still married off to men much older than them before they hit puberty. Women are still being judged by their outer appearance and sexualized far too early in life.
We need men to fight along with us. We need their support and their voices.
It’s not just a woman’s cause anymore, it’s a cause that belongs to men and women.