A Woman's Work

Hello Hello! First and foremost I want to say Happy Women's History Month to all of my badass fellow females! We've come a long way and yet we still have so much more to do. This bring me to today's topic...

As many of you know, there is a reboot of the 90's thriller "Candyman" coming to theaters June 12th. The hype around this film has been building rapidly as word spreads that "Candyman" will be another addition into the Jordan Peele film catalog. It's unfortunate that this information is INCORRECT! While Jordan Peele is a credited writer and producer on the film it is NOT Jordan Peele's film alone.

Say hello to this gem of a woman! This is Nia DaCosta, the DIRECTOR of the newest "Candyman" film. The problem behind the hype of the film is that because JP's name is attached to the project his fans are making it possible to erase Nia from her own work. This is another case of a woman's work being discredited because a man of status is attached to it.

Yes, Nia's name does appear within the new trailer, however it appears AFTER Jordan Peele's. Now many will argue that Nia DaCosta needed JP to build the hype because she's "new" to the film industry with only one other directing credit to her name, but in my eyes that's simply not the case. Due to the recent influx of reboots, the hype around the film would've built from that piece alone and Nia's work would've spoke for itself. And let's face it, when Quentin Tarantino directs a film the credit doesn't go to his writers and producers...

The idea that women need the assistance of men to do great things has been going on for entirely too long. We've been looking for strong female representation within all fields and haven't been able to find anyone but this isn't because they aren't there, its because they're being cast to the background by their male counterparts. Take last year's Academy Awards for example, women were virtually shut out of the 'Best Director' Category despite the large amount of female directed films that released that year. Is it because the films weren't great or because the awards went to the more recognizable male names? When will Melina Matsoukas, Lulu Wang, Greta Gerwig and Ava DuVernay get the esteem they deserve?

Unfortunately this concept isn't just applied within the film industry, women see the effects of misogyny on a daily basis. We see it when career driven women are asked when they're going to find a husband, when female doctors are mistaken for nurses and when women decide to run for President because a woman couldn't possibly hold a position of power and be taken seriously, right? Despite the large number of women breaking into STEM, film & television, finance, politics... why does it seem almost impossible to break the stigma that women need men to put them in a position of power or to boost their status when they're actually already there?


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