there's something about authenticity

Christ, three posts in one day? What’s come over me?

Well, I can’t help it, I *have* to share this with ya’ll.

My sister showed it to me when I had a head full of Lady Gaga, Simone de Beauvoir, and the relationship between feminism and authenticity/fallibility, and I can’t get enough of it.

Philosopher Nancy Bauer writes:

I think that [de Beauvoir’s] credibility in her pleas to women ultimately to value freedom more than happiness rests on her willingness to put her own fallibility on display. [emphasis mine]

Bear in mind that I’ve also got a head full of Mad Men too, and Don Draper famously says:

You are the product. You feeling something. That’s what sells. Not them. Not sex. They can’t do what we do and they hate us for it.

Of course that’s what an actor does too. That’s what Christopher Beautiful Eccleston is doing in the music video above; it’s two and half minutes of focused, controlled, choreographed feeling something.

So put all this in my head – all the feminist philosophy, all the Mad Men, all the Christopher Eccleston, not to mention Enlightened Misogyny and Half the Sky – and this what comes out:

Maybe this is the next big thing for feminism. Maybe vulnerability, maybe fallibility, maybe feeling something, maybe simple, authentic presence in a room with other people will be how we claim our space. Maybe the patrician culture of “feelings = weakness” will topple in the face of the tidal wave of real humans really caring about each other.

C’z, shit, I see Christopher Beautiful Eccleston just being, just sitting there and showing us his inner life, and I think there’s nothing more powerful than that. Nothing more persuasive. Nothing more beautiful.

I don’t know quite what it is about authenticity, but there’s something there. Something important. God knows it’s at the core of the best sex you’ll ever have. But I think it’s also at the core of the revolution, ya know?