Benazir Bhutto, twice Prime Minister of Pakistan, dared to be political, faced strong opposition, and paid with her life. She was a woman of strength and a leader who was once in a position of high power and great influence: “The exact details that occurred in Pakistan on December 27, 2007 are forever muddled in politics and history — what we do know is that twice Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the first woman prime minister of an Islamic nation, was assassinated that day” — Bell Hooks’s response to Beyoncé’s Lemonade and her essay “Moving Beyond Pain” speaks to Beyoncé the artist and Beyoncé the person: “Lemonade shows that an appropriate response, a powerful one, is that of violence. Here, violence is the all powerful solution that has been eroticized and sexualized with a goddess-like appeal” — Disney Channel’s new show “Elena of Avalor” creates narratives that are one-size-fits-all: “We need not be afraid to create stories of varied difference — stories that create inclusion not by an effort to combine everything into a melting pot, but by accepting diversity in all of its shapes, sizes, and colors. Disney’s new Latina princess from the new Disney channel show “Elena of Avalor,” is from a typical Disney mold which attempts diversity and a one-size-fits-all narrative. It is problematic for its sameness and its erasure of a truly diverse culture.”
Women show strength and influence in varying ways; whether it be as a politician or as a show writer. TBL Journal leaves you with this week’s question: What Does It Mean To Be A Woman Of Strength?