Suffragettes for whom, exactly?
I wasn’t going to watch Suffragette. They lost me when, as part of the marketing campaign, Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Romola Garai and Anne-Marie Duff donned T-shirts emblazoned with an Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep’s character) quote: “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.”
In 2015, it was just another thing from white feminists; another thing where they didn’t get why intersectionality is important, and why you can’t throw black women under the bus for the sake of your message, an occurrence that has happened time and time again throughout history.
While fighting for white women to get the vote in a heteropatriarchal Britain, Pankhurst herself was pro-Empire, and
MOVIE given how racist the British Empire was, this made her okay with the racial oppression that made the Empire possible. It is impossible to be proEmpire and not pro-racism – the two are the same. Furthermore, many of the suffragette women later moved to fascism.
Writing for the Statesman, Anna Leszkiewicz noted: “There were some who were outright fascists: Norah Elam, who earlier in her life happily worked alongside Sophia Duleep Singh, turned into a Blackshirt later.”
The film also erases the Indian
Suffragette, unfortunately, narrows its scope to one working class woman’s story