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Why we need more female
storytellers
Our storytelling has been
extremely androcentric
Thucydides or Herodotus were among
the first historians: since 2.500 years, the
construct of history is a male product.
Women’s acts and experiences have
been largely unrecorded and ignored
We perceive historical events from a white
catholic male heterosexual perspective
• Example: Columbus day
– Genocide or discovery?
– Mistake or historical turning point?
Crusades: Holy war or terrorism
and slaughter?
In the past, our religious texts have
been written and assembled by men
And today men own most of our
media outlet
“On TV, men speak, women
listen.”
And other narratives are silenced
• Speaking louder
• Speaking on behalf of
others
• Occupying the space
• Interrupting the
conversation
• Not listening to others
• Making fun of the other
Only one Palme d’Or of Cannes has
been awarded to a woman so far
In France, litterary prizes are
mostly awarded to men
At the last BD festival in Angouleme,
no woman was even nominated
Triggering many reactions
Even our language is
androcentric
• Male is generic: mankind,
manpower, manmade…
• The masculine, by the
presence of even one male,
is the default.
• "Every student in the
classroom did his best on
the exam."
• Even greeting mixed groups
Stories are written by men…
mostly about men
Oscar’s nominated movies are
mostly directed by men and
don’t pass the Bechdel test
Or if women are portrayed, it is
through male gaze
We see the world through one
eye only
Stories are incomplete
Stereotypes are pervasive
Stories are biased
There is a contradiction between women’s
central active role in creating society and
marginality in meaning giving process
• Women are essential and central to
creating society.
• Women have made history, yet they have
been kept from knowing it.
• Women have been excluded from creating
symbol systems and theory formation.
• Women lasted 3.500 years to realize their
own subordinate position in society.
Your significance in history is
key for psychic well being
• The myth that women are marginal to the creation
of history and civilization has profoundly affected
the psychology of women and men.
• The denial to women of their history has
reinforced their acceptance of the ideology of
patriarchy and has undermined the individual
woman’s sense of self worth.
• Men’s version of history has become the universal
truth.
• One cannot think universal when oneself is
excluded from the generic.
Women are more targeted by
negative narratives
You	are	fat
You	can’t	please	your	partner
You	are	a	bad	mother
You	are	not	enough
Women	don’t	know	
how	to	drive
Women	lie
Women	change	opinion
all	the	time
Women	are	emotional
These constant messages have a
huge impact in terms of self-esteem
When we see with one eye, our vision is
limited in range and devoid in depth.
• Men and women live on a stage.
• But men have written the play and
directed the show.
• Equal parts will not make women
equal if the script is still written by
men.
From “you are invisible” to
“you are half of the reality”
We need to reclaim power at
individual and collective level
• Women’s history is indispensable and
essential to the emancipation of women.
• It changes their lives.
• We need a shift of consciousness.
Like the one from Ptolemaic to
Copernic vision
We need to reclaim women’s role
in history
And we need more female
storytellers!
We need to show the world
through a woman’s lens
She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers
from Iran and the Arab World
We need more female
painting our streets
Pamela	Castro
We need more female DJs,
rappers or musicians
We need movies from and
about women
Broadcast Miss Representation
in your organization
You can be what you can see
We do it together is a nonprofit Production Company created to
finance and produce media uniquely dedicated to the
empowerment of women.
Reese Witherspoon Pacific
Standard production company
Birds Eye View « She Writes »
Broadcast inspiring female roles
Global Girl Media teaches young girls to
be citizen journalists
We need new media channels
featuring the other half of the
story
We are the XX media collective
We need to restore diversity
in the media
Shonda Rhimes:
You should get to turn on the TV
and see your tribe.
The first	network	drama	with	a	black	
woman	as	its	lead in	nearly	four	decades	
The Shonda effect
Viola	Davis	,	the first	black	
woman	to	win	the	Emmy	
for	Best	Lead	Actress	in	a	
Drama
DuVernay, who made ‘‘Selma,’’ pointed out that
of the 100 top-grossing films last year, only two
were directed by women.
• She urged constant vigilance and proactive
searching within the industry:
• ‘‘We have to ask our agents about that script
by the woman screenwriter.
We have to ask, ‘Hey, are there any women
agents here that I could talk to?’
We have to ask our lawyers about women in
the office.
We have to ask, when we’re thinking about
directors or D.P.s, ‘Will women interview?’ ’’
Male
Authority in
Muslim
Contexts
WOMEN’S
STORIES
LIVES
Musawah is a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family.
Launched in 2009, it seeks to link scholarship with activism, bring fresh perspectives
on Islamic teachings and contribute constructively to the reform of Muslim family
laws and practices.
The Global Life Stories Project is a central element in Musawah’s ongoing
and multifaceted research programmes aimed at producing new egalitarian
knowledge from within Muslim legal tradition.
In Musawah (‘Equality’ in Arabic), we draw on the latest Muslim reformist thought
and feminist scholarship in Islam, and ground our claim to equality and our
arguments for reform simultaneously in Islamic and human rights frameworks. We
recognize two blind spots in approaches to gender issues in Islam and human
rights. On the one hand, many scholars of Islam are unaware of the importance
of gender as a category of thought and analysis. On the other hand, many
feminists and human rights advocates have little knowledge or appreciation
of religious categories of thought and religion-based laws, considering them
The quest for gender equality in Muslim contexts
involves reclaiming the egalitarian ethos of Islam’s
sacred texts and creating a public voice for it.
Democratizing the Production of Religious Knowledge
Why we need more female storytellers
Why we need more female storytellers
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Why we need more female storytellers

  • 1. Why we need more female storytellers
  • 2. Our storytelling has been extremely androcentric
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  • 4. Thucydides or Herodotus were among the first historians: since 2.500 years, the construct of history is a male product.
  • 5. Women’s acts and experiences have been largely unrecorded and ignored
  • 6. We perceive historical events from a white catholic male heterosexual perspective • Example: Columbus day – Genocide or discovery? – Mistake or historical turning point?
  • 7. Crusades: Holy war or terrorism and slaughter?
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  • 9. In the past, our religious texts have been written and assembled by men
  • 10. And today men own most of our media outlet
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  • 12. “On TV, men speak, women listen.”
  • 13. And other narratives are silenced • Speaking louder • Speaking on behalf of others • Occupying the space • Interrupting the conversation • Not listening to others • Making fun of the other
  • 14. Only one Palme d’Or of Cannes has been awarded to a woman so far
  • 15. In France, litterary prizes are mostly awarded to men
  • 16. At the last BD festival in Angouleme, no woman was even nominated
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  • 31. Even our language is androcentric • Male is generic: mankind, manpower, manmade… • The masculine, by the presence of even one male, is the default. • "Every student in the classroom did his best on the exam." • Even greeting mixed groups
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  • 33. Stories are written by men… mostly about men
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  • 38. Oscar’s nominated movies are mostly directed by men and don’t pass the Bechdel test
  • 39. Or if women are portrayed, it is through male gaze
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  • 44. We see the world through one eye only
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  • 50. There is a contradiction between women’s central active role in creating society and marginality in meaning giving process • Women are essential and central to creating society. • Women have made history, yet they have been kept from knowing it. • Women have been excluded from creating symbol systems and theory formation. • Women lasted 3.500 years to realize their own subordinate position in society.
  • 51. Your significance in history is key for psychic well being • The myth that women are marginal to the creation of history and civilization has profoundly affected the psychology of women and men. • The denial to women of their history has reinforced their acceptance of the ideology of patriarchy and has undermined the individual woman’s sense of self worth. • Men’s version of history has become the universal truth. • One cannot think universal when oneself is excluded from the generic.
  • 52. Women are more targeted by negative narratives You are fat You can’t please your partner You are a bad mother You are not enough Women don’t know how to drive Women lie Women change opinion all the time Women are emotional
  • 53. These constant messages have a huge impact in terms of self-esteem
  • 54. When we see with one eye, our vision is limited in range and devoid in depth. • Men and women live on a stage. • But men have written the play and directed the show. • Equal parts will not make women equal if the script is still written by men.
  • 55. From “you are invisible” to “you are half of the reality”
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  • 59. We need to reclaim power at individual and collective level • Women’s history is indispensable and essential to the emancipation of women. • It changes their lives. • We need a shift of consciousness.
  • 60. Like the one from Ptolemaic to Copernic vision
  • 61. We need to reclaim women’s role in history
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  • 63. And we need more female storytellers!
  • 64. We need to show the world through a woman’s lens
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  • 71. She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World
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  • 85. We need more female painting our streets
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  • 106. We need more female DJs, rappers or musicians
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  • 115. We need movies from and about women
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  • 119. Broadcast Miss Representation in your organization
  • 120. You can be what you can see
  • 121. We do it together is a nonprofit Production Company created to finance and produce media uniquely dedicated to the empowerment of women.
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  • 123. Reese Witherspoon Pacific Standard production company
  • 124. Birds Eye View « She Writes »
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  • 129. Global Girl Media teaches young girls to be citizen journalists
  • 130. We need new media channels featuring the other half of the story
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  • 139. We are the XX media collective
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  • 146. We need to restore diversity in the media
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  • 149. Shonda Rhimes: You should get to turn on the TV and see your tribe.
  • 150. The first network drama with a black woman as its lead in nearly four decades The Shonda effect Viola Davis , the first black woman to win the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama
  • 151. DuVernay, who made ‘‘Selma,’’ pointed out that of the 100 top-grossing films last year, only two were directed by women. • She urged constant vigilance and proactive searching within the industry: • ‘‘We have to ask our agents about that script by the woman screenwriter. We have to ask, ‘Hey, are there any women agents here that I could talk to?’ We have to ask our lawyers about women in the office. We have to ask, when we’re thinking about directors or D.P.s, ‘Will women interview?’ ’’
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  • 154. Male Authority in Muslim Contexts WOMEN’S STORIES LIVES Musawah is a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. Launched in 2009, it seeks to link scholarship with activism, bring fresh perspectives on Islamic teachings and contribute constructively to the reform of Muslim family laws and practices. The Global Life Stories Project is a central element in Musawah’s ongoing and multifaceted research programmes aimed at producing new egalitarian knowledge from within Muslim legal tradition. In Musawah (‘Equality’ in Arabic), we draw on the latest Muslim reformist thought and feminist scholarship in Islam, and ground our claim to equality and our arguments for reform simultaneously in Islamic and human rights frameworks. We recognize two blind spots in approaches to gender issues in Islam and human rights. On the one hand, many scholars of Islam are unaware of the importance of gender as a category of thought and analysis. On the other hand, many feminists and human rights advocates have little knowledge or appreciation of religious categories of thought and religion-based laws, considering them The quest for gender equality in Muslim contexts involves reclaiming the egalitarian ethos of Islam’s sacred texts and creating a public voice for it. Democratizing the Production of Religious Knowledge