#5 Not As It Seems

A comment on my last blog post by Fallon asked me about who my audience is. Or something along those lines, however, this isn’t something I think I can answer clearly. I want to have everyone who watches this documentary to take something away from it. That being either feminism is bad or that it should be implemented more into society. I just want people to develop their own ideologies. So I have no idea who this would be for.

You could argue that it should be meant for children. Then again kids have no idea what feminism is and probably no comprehension of what money is either. I’m not trying to teach, just expand people’s views.

I could also go forth and capture today’s teens and see if they would gather anything from this. I can imagine it, a bunch of sweaty gross adolescents watching a documentary to “expand their minds”. Not gonna even try.

Moving up the chain there are adults roughly millennials. I don’t know how to explain these things, I bet they would watch it and like it, but I’m not ready to sit in an organic vegan cafe and drink tea while talking about our political climate and what a pain Stacey has been lately.

Then there’s those who’ve probably lived since the dawn of dinosaurs, not really. I’m not excited to talk to a bunch of old crabs about today’s culture and mistreatment. They’re old enough that they either won’t change their minds or they’ll try to fight me over bingo.

You could also say I should try those of political power. Like they’ll do anything. Petitions to the Government now need 100,000 signatures to even be considered. And with today’s governmental officials they’ll cast away they idea before looking at it.

How about I try to capture the attention of just men? They’ll totally want to give up their privilege for women. Yes…

I could do celebrities. Some already talk to the president and have power over others. But the people who follow that celebrity hold the power. If that person makes one wrong move they could ruin their career and that’s hard to bounce back from. Just take a look a Jake and Logan Paul.

After all that sassy and offensive writing I most likely have your attention fully. May not all intertwine nicely, but right there, above this current paragraph is how most of America acts right now. Yes, we are all entitled to our opinions, but we also make rude an judgemental remarks without a second thought. This is why I want my audience to be for anyone who is listening. I think all of  America should listen. We are at the forefront of the world’s equality. We are carving the path like water in the Grand Canyon. That’s why I don’t want to target some age group or a specific person. For change to happen throughout an area people have to understand what’s happening. Not just hate it because they can.

Rex Ross

5 Responses to “#5 Not As It Seems

  • Ally Oswald
    2 years ago

    “Yes, we are all entitled to our opinions, but we also make rude an judgemental remarks without a second thought. This is why I want my audience to be for anyone who is listening.”

    YES!! I love this quote. It requires listening in order to learn, in order to change your mind about something. Why does it seem so difficult to listen and to keep and open mind. I feel so impatient lately, like no one is listening. I think for me, it’s about power too. Like the more power you have (money, status) the more responsibility you have to look out for others and make sure you are listening. Thanks for sharing your thinking.

    • Same, I feel as if no one listens to or at least tries to understand anymore. That’s why I don’t want to target a specific group cause I don’t know who will take the time for it!
      I do want to explore the topic of power as well, how money plays an effect and what people in those positions are willing to do.

  • Hi Rex,

    I’m glad that my previous comment helped fuel your ideas for this blog post. You write that you want your audience to be anyone who is listening. While I can recognize the challenges you (rather cynically) point out about getting various groups to care, I’m going to challenge you to see another perspective. When you say that you want to speak to anyone who is listening, that sounds to me like preaching to the choir: trying to convince people who are already on board with your ideas. I wonder who you think most needs to rethink their understanding of feminism, not who is already willing to. The power of creating a compelling documentary and telling a moving story is that it can inspire people who would otherwise not care. I recognize that this sort of task is infinitely more challenging, but in my mind, it’s far more important if one truly hopes to bring about social change. In a previous post, I was struck by your sense that feminism feels like a taboo subject in certain social settings. I wonder if you could dig into those places. Help understand why certain people have such negative associations with feminism, and use your documentary to broaden their understanding of what feminism can be.

    Is your hesitation in focusing on a particular, potentially unreceptive, audience that you can’t envision them actually coming to see your documentary? If so, what other venues/approaches might lead to capturing a particular audience? For example, my school has an annual day of social justice workshops, where people learn about feminism, racism, homophobia, etc., regardless of their pre-existing interests or affinities. Are there other places where opportunities like this exist?

    Looking forward to talking more about this at the retreat this weekend!

    – F

    • I have questioned whether or not I should target an audience who has rather negative thinking towards feminism. As you wrote I agree that I do hesitate towards diving into people’s oppressive views for them. I wonder if I could start groups in or out of a school, like at yours to help combat that fear because other’s must also feel this way, but I have no clue who is even interested in this topic yet.
      Right now I’m aiming to at least make something for people to see. Either it gets popular enough to make it big and the group I’m in will help figure that out.

      • Hi Rex,

        Thanks for responding to my comment. I’m glad you’re willing to think about the potential in reaching out to groups who are critical of feminism. In terms of getting people to see your documentary, I wonder about creating something that might be able to be used by educators ( like social studies teachers, sports coaches, or social justice facilitators). It really depends on what specific audience you want to go after. But even if that audience isn’t a group who would normally choose to watch a documentary about feminism, there are definitely ways to get their attention, especially if you find an angle that show them how they are stakeholders in this issue. (For instance, how has feminism impacted access to certain roles in the military or sports?)

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