Fight goes on

First published in Letters

ON March 20 I was privileged to attend a magnificent performance by actor Elizabeth Craver at the Riverfront Theatre. Her depiction of the militant suffragette Emily Wilding Davison was powerful, poignant and a brilliant exposition of physical acting.

However, few young people were present, which is a shame as this was a stronger antidote to the Russell Brand anti-politics philosophy than any Newsnight interview.

I suspect that in the future, people (and not just young women) will be just as incredulous about the barriers to female ordination in the Catholic Church as Emily and her courageous contemporaries were about votes for women. The struggle continues.

John Haywood Allt-yr-yn Crescent Newport

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8:36am Thu 27 Mar 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

It's kind of disappointing that there were few younger people present at a performance recreating the struggles of a pioneering suffragist, as some 100 years later issues such as sexism and gender oppression still effect them very much. They may not realize it, but a heterosexist and gendernormative male-dominated elite still controls their lives and limits their opportunities. It's just that it's more insidious now as the same powerbrokers have full control of the mainstream media within their grip and are often able to re-package gender oppression as 'liberation'. What a pity that a new generation seems to have missed what sounds like a very fine, thought-provoking performance.
It's kind of disappointing that there were few younger people present at a performance recreating the struggles of a pioneering suffragist, as some 100 years later issues such as sexism and gender oppression still effect them very much. They may not realize it, but a heterosexist and gendernormative male-dominated elite still controls their lives and limits their opportunities. It's just that it's more insidious now as the same powerbrokers have full control of the mainstream media within their grip and are often able to re-package gender oppression as 'liberation'. What a pity that a new generation seems to have missed what sounds like a very fine, thought-provoking performance. Katie Re-Registered
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12:39pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Mike Roland says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
It's kind of disappointing that there were few younger people present at a performance recreating the struggles of a pioneering suffragist, as some 100 years later issues such as sexism and gender oppression still effect them very much. They may not realize it, but a heterosexist and gendernormative male-dominated elite still controls their lives and limits their opportunities. It's just that it's more insidious now as the same powerbrokers have full control of the mainstream media within their grip and are often able to re-package gender oppression as 'liberation'. What a pity that a new generation seems to have missed what sounds like a very fine, thought-provoking performance.
I think that most young people are aware that a "male dominated elite" has such great control over them. However, what is more concerning is that they are simply not worried about it - let alone become actively involved in doing anything about it.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: It's kind of disappointing that there were few younger people present at a performance recreating the struggles of a pioneering suffragist, as some 100 years later issues such as sexism and gender oppression still effect them very much. They may not realize it, but a heterosexist and gendernormative male-dominated elite still controls their lives and limits their opportunities. It's just that it's more insidious now as the same powerbrokers have full control of the mainstream media within their grip and are often able to re-package gender oppression as 'liberation'. What a pity that a new generation seems to have missed what sounds like a very fine, thought-provoking performance.[/p][/quote]I think that most young people are aware that a "male dominated elite" has such great control over them. However, what is more concerning is that they are simply not worried about it - let alone become actively involved in doing anything about it. Mike Roland
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