Sex and the City star, Cynthia Nixon teamed up with Girls Girls Girls Magazine to create a video titled “Be a Lady, They Said.”
It’s a powerful video that captures all the comments of contradictions lobbed at women daily.
In the spoken-word piece, Nixon reads prose-poetry by Camille Rainville that articulates the conflicting demands placed on women.
“Be a lady, they said. Your skirt is too short; your shirt is too low. Don’t show so much skin; cover up”– are just a few powerful opening words in the video that has already been since by millions since being released on Monday.
It’s worth 3 minutes of your time to appreciate that you have heard at least a few of these contradictions before….
Be a lady they said. This is so powerful I felt nauseous. Can’t help thinking of how much of this has been touted by ‘women’s magazines’, those powerful, aggressive and willing participants in spreading the message of misogyny for the patriarchy. https://t.co/JU4pNOd1oo
— TanyaM (@tanyameeson) February 25, 2020
What messages are we giving women? “Just be a lady, they say”
— The Women’s Org. (@TheWomensOrg) February 24, 2020
Here’s the full text to “Be a Lady, They said.”