Oppressed Majority – Powerful Short Film on Sexism Through Reversal [vid]
OPPRESSED MAJORITY (Majorité Opprimée English), by Eleonore Pourriat
I just watched this short movie (10 min) on YouTube, in which the everyday sexism against women is expressed through a reversal in which men are the “oppressed majority.” I write about gender a lot and I suspect a lot of men have a hard time appreciating on a deep level what women experience on a daily basis, mostly because men simply don’t ever experience it. And I do mean on a daily basis – while this movie includes a sexual assault that is not in the day-to-day life of every individual woman, for women this (and worse) happens every few minutes on a global scale. But the smaller, more pervasive and incessant matters are brilliant as well – women running shirtless, telling the man to “keep smiling,” and making kissy noises for his attention while he’s strolling with his baby, for whom he is most certainly the primary care-taker, as well as nearly all the authorities being women and the cop reading back the account of the attack… really brilliant expression.