KEZBAN ÖZCAN’S PHOTOS CAPTURE SINGER-SONGWRITER’S PRE-CONCERT SHOE SHINE RITUAL
Kezban Özcan, Leonard Cohen’s personal assistant, was taken by her boss’s habit of shining his shoes prior to a concert and began photographing him at this task. This set of photos, graciously shared with this site and its viewers, also appears on the insert sheet of the soon to be released Popular Problems album.
Asked by Anonymous
But why should there be an all male dominated feminist movement? What’s important about being a male feminist or feminist ally is LISTENING to other women’s experiences of oppression and misogyny and if you create a space only for men or you give only men a platform (which is what heforshe does) to speak about experiences that are not their own with ZERO women’s voices then you are just perpetuating the domination of women. It’s like having a trans movement made up entirely of cis people or a Black power movement of only white people. We don’t need more voices of the dominant group when oppressed voices are already so underrepresented. Also, a huge amount of women don’t identify as feminists as well and it’s just as important to try to reach out and include them.
The other issue a lot of people had with heforshe of course was that there was no mention of intersectionality and how that ties into gender inequality. The experiences of a white wealthy straight cis woman (Emma Watson for example, although I don’t know what she identifies as in regards to orientation) are going to look very different from the experiences of a woman who is poor or lesbian or transgender or a person of color. By not acknowledging these intersecting identities you are both alienating entire groups of even more marginalized women and ignoring the power structures that perpetuate different types of oppression.
HeForShe also legitimizes to the general UN public this sort of fuckery (not that I think Emma Watson meant to promote this, but patriarchy, I guess):
"I think the act of carrying something that is normally found in our bedroom out into the light is supposed to mirror the way I’ve talked to the media and talked to different news channels, etc," Emma continues in the full video which you can watch here.