Last night, the 90th Academy Awards honored many familiar and not-so-familiar faces in film. Usually, the show is a night to celebrate film, fashion, and unpredictable moments, but this year, the #MeToo movement made room for those in Hollywood to address what’s been in our social consciousness since October, combating sexual assault. It’s what the Alliance has been working hard at for years in our prevention and intervention strategies. It was a night that lent some moments to empower survivors of sexual assault and a call for transparency.
One particular moment that signified the shift in Hollywood, was when actresses Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek gathered on stage to introduce the new voices in Hollywood package, which acted as a powerful platform to reinvigorate the crowd and those at home, with the message of Time’s Up. The three women, who spoke out against producer Harvey Weinstein, stood together in unity.
“We will work together to make sure that the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality,” said Judd. “That’s what this year has promised us.”
But the conversation doesn’t end at the Academy Awards. It continues through many different platforms, programs, and strategies outlined by the Alliance. Our most recent endeavor is the podcast Sex Talk Happy Hour. For our first episode, the Alliance Senior Campus Coordinator Jeenie Yoon spoke with Film/TV critic Candice Frederick to discuss how film looks at sexuality and the treatment of women.
Here are a few topic highlights:
- Nudity and the double standard on screen.
- How sex is mixed with violence in film.
- How sitcoms focus on unrequited love by trying to turn an absolute “no” into a “yes.”
- MPAA’s issue with showing female pleasure on screen
- Female empowerment built on violence
Interested in learning more about these topics? Listen to our first episode here.