Jane Fonda: "It took me 30 years to get feminism"

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Jane Fonda: "It took me 30 years to get feminism"

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The actor and activist Jane Fonda has admitted that she was “a late bloomer” when it came to feminism, and it was not until she was in her 60s that she really understood the movement.

Writing in Lenny, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s online newsletter, Fonda – who is a prominent women’s rights campaigner – said she had gone from viewing women’s issues as a distraction from more important problems to the realisation that “women are the issue, the core issue”.

“It took me 30 years to get it, but it’s OK to be a late bloomer, as long as you don’t miss the flower show,” she said.

Fonda wrote: “In 1970, when I was 33, I learned that 5,000 women in New York City were demonstrating for legalised abortion. I wrote in my journal: ‘Don’t understand the Women’s Liberation Movement. There are more important things to have a movement for, it seems to me.’”

The actor, who is a two-time Academy Award winner, was a prominent opponent to the Vietnam war and civil rights activist before becoming a supporter of feminist causes. “I began to identify myself publicly as a feminist, although it would be many years before I would look within myself and locate the multiple ways in which I had internalised sexism and the profound damage that it had done to me,” she wrote.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

How many years should babblers be allowed, to "get feminism"?

I'm going to suggest only 10, because we have way more advantages than Jane Fonda.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Was there a point to that response?

Slumberjack

Mr. Magoo wrote:
How many years should babblers be allowed, to "get feminism"?  I'm going to suggest only 10, because we have way more advantages than Jane Fonda.

It's called privilege Magoo. All this time and you haven't even got the terminology down pat. What kind of feminist are you anyway. I feel sorry for the real feminists. They must be so tired of your shit. 

oldgoat

Gotta say that I pretty much got it right off, and I'm a dude.

Unionist

oldgoat wrote:

Gotta say that I pretty much got it right off, and I'm a dude.

That's what struck me about her story. I thought I got it right off (late 60s). Equality, choice, abuse, seemed like a no-brainer. And Jane Fonda was one of my heroes then too - she actually dared to not only oppose the U.S. war in South-East Asia, but famously hoisted a flag once of the "other" side and expressed her support for their struggle!

She says it took her many years to understand how she had "internalised sexism" and the damage it caused her. In my case, it took me decades to understand, not only the discrimination and oppression faced by women - I thought that was good enough to make me an ally - but maybe more importantly, the privilege that I harboured inside me, whether I liked it or not - and the damage which that has done. And I'm pretty sure my journey is far from over.

oldgoat

When I say I pretty much got it right off, i didn't mean to sound flippant.  I was set on a good course before I had even heard of the word, by my Mom, Grandmother and two older sisters, as well as the relationships I saw modelled in my childhood.  In terms of political, or activist feminism, one of my best ongoing teachers is my daughter, who will not hesitate for a second to kick patriarchal ass.

MegB

Mr. Magoo wrote:

How many years should babblers be allowed, to "get feminism"?

I'm going to suggest only 10, because we have way more advantages than Jane Fonda.

Depends on where you are on the board. In the feminist forum you get an opportunity to educate yourself both independently and with guidance from others. If you don't get it and still post without making much effort you'll get banned from the feminist forum. Other forums on the board are a bit more flexible but there are still guidelines. Anti-feminist arguments aren't cool. Seeking to expand your knowledge of feminism is.