My Mum and I went to see My Fair Lady at the theatre on Saturday and it was great fun. It seemed to be a budget performance so some of the props were interesting to say the least, but the cast and orchestra were superb, and it made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
As a classic and a firm favourite of my Mum’s, I was already familiar with most of the storyline, but it was interesting to really engross myself in it for the first time. I was giggling away with the rest of them, but the feminist in me obviously noticed the copious amounts of sexism in the script. Granted, the original play dates back to 1913, but I couldn’t help but wonder if the story would someday change as we move towards gender equality.
I knew I wouldn’t be the first to think this so I went to Google and asked the question. I was greeted with articles explaining how My Fair Lady isn’t as sexist as we think. If nothing else, the story follows a strong female lead who goes after what she wants and makes it happen. I also stumbled across Amy Schumer’s summary of the plot which made me laugh: Girl meets mansplainer, chaos ensues. I particularly liked how she highlighted a line of Eliza’s where she says: ‘The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.’ The premise of this statement is still the same nowadays, and it’s quite telling to see that the societal disparities that were written about decades ago are still so very prevalent today.
When was the last time you looked down on someone – intentionally or not? Whether you meant to or not, have you made someone feel a little worthless in your presence?
I know I’m guilty of making a passing remark without thinking about how this will sit with another person. With this in mind, how could you change the way you treat someone today to make sure you’re making them feel valued?