Actress turned media expert Geena Davis spoke to a pair of audiences in Seattle on Monday. The first, on the campus of Microsoft, was made up mostly of men; the second, at Seattle Town Hall, consisted largely of women.
Why this is relevant is that it provided a perfect visual representation of the male-female divide upon which Davis’ Institute of Gender in Media is pinned. During her second evening appearance, the Oscar winner suggested that the world is due for a resurgence of the women’s movement, although a new word may be in order. Per a report by KPLU Tacoma public radio‘s Tom Paulson:
Many noted that the word ‘feminist’ has become tainted. Davis got a laugh when she recalled the reaction she got from critics and many in the public when she described one of her other movies about women baseball players, A League of Their Own, as a feminist movie.