“I remember my history teacher introducing the idea of feminism in my Year 10 Modern History class.
I thought it was pretty amazing at the time how she showed the video for Pink’s Stupid Girls which is all about the ways women are represented in pop culture. It put up this divide between hot girls and smart girls and it’s really easy when you’re a teenager to subscribe to the idea that you’re one or the other.
Since then my feminism has changed and grown and I’ve picked up little bits and pieces to form my own feminism that is specific to me. I really respond to women like Lindy West who identify as fat and put body politics at the centre of their feminism.
Writing for Rookie is really important to me because it has conversations about and connects with young girls in a way I really needed and wanted when I was that age. The Trust also facilitates these conversations and connections so we’re not just all screaming into the void.
If I had one message to give young women it would be to stop apologising and don’t diminish the things that you know. I think I could’ve gotten a lot more done if I had trusted the things that I knew and wasn’t afraid to be seen as bossy or mean or rude.”
As told to Judit Brown.
Brodie Lancaster was a speaker at Breakthrough 2016. She is also the founding editor of Filmme Fatales, a semi-regular print zine about the intersection of film and feminism, and a senior editor at The Good Copy, a writing studio in Collingwood. Brodie is also the managing editor of Rooftop Cinema and a co-coordinator at the annual Independent Photography Festival.
Her story appears as part of our series #StoriesThatMakeUs in which we’re turning the spotlight onto the people who make up our community.
Image: Breeana Dunbar
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