It’s “unfiltered”. It’s “breakthrough”. That’s… 57 minutes of the best self-congratulation you’ll hear all year. If you missed the online brouhaha around the first episode of Meghan Markle’s long-awaited podcast, Archetypes, buckle up.
Followed by an interview with Serena Williams – whom the duchess naturally introduces as “her dear friend” – the episode examines motherhood, Williams’ decision to retire from tennis and, as the title suggests, Williams’ decision to retire from tennis. it, the “misconception of ambition”. It’s all very good and good. And yes, some quotes from Williams – especially those relating to sexism in sports – are valuable. But they’re somewhat toned down by the lack of real nuance and engagement from Meghan herself, who mostly responds to Williams in blessings.
Intention with Antique model, if we understand correctly, is “investigate labels that try to retain women”. It’s about removing stereotypes and interviewing historians and “experts” who have perhaps extended beyond the duchess’s friendships. Who knows though?
After listening to the first episode, I’m not sure Meghan is the best person to pursue this seemingly admirable pursuit. As she will tell you (a lot), Meghan is a feminist. But unlike Gloria Steinem, the bell ringer and every other feminist icon, Meghan’s understanding of ideology seems almost entirely about herself. Consider the beginning of Antique model episode. “When I was 11, growing up in LA, I saw a trailer that would change the way I understood my place in the world,” she said in her slow, serious Californian. “Let me be clear: it’s not because this ad is some kind of slick marketing – in fact, it’s quite the opposite.”
The Duchess went on to explain that the ad – for dish soap – is aimed solely at women. It ends with the tagline: “women are fighting greasy pots and pans”. Hearing this, and implying that only women wash dishes, made Markle “angry”. “And then,” she continued, “then I heard them—two boys in my class, breathing life into my greatest fear. They said, ‘Yes! That’s where women belong. In the kitchen!’ Oh my gosh, this doesn’t suit me 11 years old. “
What happened next? You guessed it: Meghan wrote to Hillary Clinton, Gloria Allred and the president of consumer group Procter and Gamble, whose brand of soap did the ad. “So I was wondering if you could change your ad to ‘People all over America.’ Thank you, Meghan Markle,” she wrote. “And do you believe it? Three months later, a new version of the ad appeared on TVs around the country. ” [agh]
Listen, I get it. And yes, it’s great that an early letter from an 11-year-old girl can change a national ad in the name of sexism, if that’s really why Procter and Gamble tweaked the ad. mine. But is it really necessary for Meghan to start her podcast on feminism by telling us what a great feminist she is?
Self-aggravating characterization of the rest of the episode. For instance, when Meghan recalled meeting Williams, she explained how she first spotted the tennis star walking towards someone at a Super Bowl party in 2010. “And I remember saying it. , ‘Oh my god, who is Serena Williams going to talk to?’ ‘ she said. ‘And I looked behind me, and when I turned around, you were there in front of me.’
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Meanwhile, during her interview with Williams, Meghan frequently interjected into the conversation. When Williams alluded to some of the sexism and racism she experienced in tennis, Meghan didn’t ask her about it, and instead interjected to remind listeners of just how close she was. couple: “But wait a minute, unless you want to – maybe I jump in there?” she said. “Because there are some things that I know you won’t want to talk about your experience, but I went through a lot with you.”
Even a story about Meghan and Harry’s son, Archie, can’t paint her as anything other than short-sighted. Three years ago, while the whole family was on vacation in South Africa, Archie’s makeshift bedroom caught fire. Meghan recalled that everyone was “in tears” and “shaking”, but they still had to attend an official engagement. “I said, this doesn’t make any sense.”
The Duchess may have felt a thrill at the flames, but is it really – as she claims – “like” Williams playing a pro tennis game the next day after a sleepless night with her daughter? It’s not like Meghan will have to pay for the damages. And with the support and security team that will be around her at the time, is she a trustworthy experience for anyone outside of the royal family?
My point is that at every step along the way of this podcast, Meghan seems to have lost track of her. So far, what is being promoted as a subversive feminist podcast appears to be nothing more than an exercise in looking at the navel. One of them is about promoting its server more than any other. Isn’t that exactly the kind of mythical “Lean In” feminist franchise we’re trying to get rid of?
One of the quotes from the podcast that was made rounds came when Meghan claimed she had never felt any negative connotations around the word “ambitious” until she met Harry. “And um, obviously ambition is, uh… a terrible, terrible thing, for a woman – according to some,” she said.
I understand why Meghan wants to tackle ambitions against women. But isn’t this a somewhat simple battle to fight? Moreover, it is a bit outdated. It’s 2022, not 1950 – ambitious women are barely slandered like they once were. And frankly, if marrying Prince Harry made Meghan realize there were negative connotations behind women’s ambition, she didn’t really notice.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in the camp of Meghan haters. Completely opposite. I have always been a defender of the duchess and greatly admire any woman who speaks out against the institutions that oppress them, which, in Meghan’s case, appears to be the royal family. If anything, I expected more from Archetypes. If I wanted sticker feminism (“Sometimes the right decision isn’t the easiest”), I bought a tagline t-shirt from a fast fashion brand that doesn’t pay a living wage. its own person.
I don’t want to hear Meghan talking about her. Think about the kind of access she must have. She can use Archetypes to report world leaders on the impact of overturning Roe v Wade. The rise of violence against transgender women in the US. Wage gap between genders. Poverty period. Family violence. With the background she has – and a guaranteed high audience Antique model Meghan has a rare opportunity to drive tangible social change. Why not her?
Of course, this is only the first episode. So maybe all of this will still happen. Then again, the next guest on Antique model is Mariah Carey. So I don’t get my hopes.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-features/meghan-markles-archetypes-podcast-is-the-most-self-congratulatory-57-minutes-of-audio-youll-hear-all-year-41934879.html Meghan Markle’s Archetypes podcast is 57 minutes of the best self-congratulation audio you’ll hear all year