Little girl Riley angry. The new heroine of Feminism

Little girl Riley angry. The new heroine of Feminism
Isabel del Rio

Little Girl Riley angry. Riley, aged five, angry with sexist toys and the pink stuff.

Woman-power symbol (clenched fist in Venus sig...

Woman-power symbol (clenched fist in Venus sign). עברית: כוח נשים (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Feminism was a serious subject, at least I thought so (and I keep on thinking). At the end of the 19th century, American and European women risked their freedom and lives fighting for equal civil rights. Now, serious feminist groups and people (included men) continue fighting for the civil rights of women in undeveloped countries. This is very important, this is an ethics question and a superior fight.

However, whoever can pull out of context a basic ethics question and start a meaningless speech about ‘pink stuff’ or ‘princesses tales’.

Riley, aged five, is now very famous for a video in youtube (of course, posted by an adult). She is angry because she doesn’t like girl toys. Well, no problem, it would say a sensible adult, go to other section in the shop and choose other kind of toys. Your are free, little girl.

However Riley, with a lexicon and improper reasoning for her age, shows on camera her anger about sexual clichés: “companies trick us to buy pink things” “all girls buy princesses and all children buy superheroes” and she goes further still. Riley is convinced that, in a marketing maneuver, companies “mislead us to buy everything in that color (referring to pink).”

Here you have the video, which threatens to become a global phenomenon.

Thus, as we speak of ‘pink stuff’, we can forget female circumcision, abuse, inequality of salaries, inequality of opportunities, female illiteracy, inequality in sharing household chores, difficulties of poor women to enter university…

You know, I like the color pink!

By the way, you can read a little about the meaning of color pink: I’t a combination of red and white. Then, color pink has the need for action of color red, helping it to achieve the potential for success which has color white. Pink, it’s the passion of red softened with the purity and opennessof white. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy. Of course, pink also represents Romanticism and elegance… Yes, I love the pink.

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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