Actor and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture.

Actor Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks Ending The Love Affair with Selfies.
Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism
Caitlin Stasey has mastered the art of the eloquent Instagram rant. Between her comfort on camera (she’s an actress by trade) and her deep passion for human and animal rights, she can easily rally a virtual crowd — and often does — combating views often battling it out in her comment section. After a few years of avidly being a leading voice in matters of women’s rights to bare bodies as they please and breaking down the corrupt corners of our culture, Caitlin is almost radio silent about her views on a public front. So much so that she’s wiped her Instagram of all previous posts. Not in what could feel like a dramatic stance, but the effort towards a clean slate.
In the effort to capture some of Caitlin’s candid digestions of modern life that so often make us do a double take on how we’ve been conducting ourselves, we sat down with her to get some words on her views on the newest wave of feminism, finding boundaries in Hollywood, and her very personal work to come.Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism
Vérité Woman:
In a time that is so contextually “woke” it feels like one can’t be apart of the conversation on social media without stating opinions and stance on everything to prove our own mental capacity, awareness, or status as a human in this modern society. As someone who has used her platform to be so vocal for so long, can you share where you are at now with the conversation?

Caitlin Stasey: I’ve sort of reached an impasse, as a white/cis/able-bodied woman I’m realizing it’s my turn to listen — I still feel that women like me are subjugated and dismissed but not with the same violence, vitriol and undermining that is designated to women of color, women with disabilities or trans women.

VW: How do you feel about the feminist movement on social media, do you feel like we are getting somewhere or is it an echo chamber dividing different understandings of the notion?

CS: I think it’s both, I’ve come to really loathe social media and it’s beating drum but at the same time I implore those who use it to shed light on some murkier and difficult truths — without social media and the dissemination of information through it you wouldn’t have these great surging movements like Me Too or Black Lives Matter – of course, civil rights movements are born on the ground but the internet has helped project them into everyone’s field of vision.

Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism

VW: I’ve been thinking a lot about how women unintentionally affect one another via social outlets. It’s that whole “her life looks perfect, I wish mine was like that”. What would you like other women who may think you “have it all” to know about Caitlin Stasey?

CS: I don’t and dissatisfaction is a state anyone can occupy, I’m super duper lucky and by every metric I live a privileged existence but I still feel lonely, scared, helpless and frustrated — I’ve spent a lot of time working to overcome my own negativity and sadness only to discover that they’re as much a part of me as anything else.

VW: Has there been a time when you’ve struggled with your place as a woman in terms of work boundaries, the opposite sex, finding your voice? Explain how you grew out of those or solved them.

CS: I’ve felt undermined a lot, I’ve been asked to do things at work purely because I’m a woman. Because I’m an actor people often don’t take me seriously and expect that I’m just there for show, ornamental — but acting is my job just as being a lawyer or teacher or architect might be yours. It’s work, it’s great to work when you can get it but it still works and I’ve often been treated like a dumb child in my working environments. I’ve learned to be more diplomatic but to also take myself and my time seriously, you don’t get to call me “darling” “sweetie” or “beautiful” just because I’m a young woman, I’m your fucking coworker.

VW: You recently wrote a TV show with your husband, what was that collaborative process like?

CS: It was difficult at first, I’m hypercritical and have super high expectations — I love what I love and hate what I hate which often renders me stagnant if something can’t be perfect then why do it at all? It’s a ridiculous mindset that has cost me years, years lost to inactivity but he’s the opposite — a workaholic — and just commits to finishing things, he’s really smart and talented but also not afraid to fail which is something I lack.Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism

VW: You and I have talked before about one of my personal favorite quotes by John Berger:
“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting vanity thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you depicted”.  In terms of our modern ability to share, selfie and comment, how do you feel this quote pertains to our lives as women?

CS: I think women loving themselves is so important but as our collective love affair with “selfie culture” is ending I’m beginning to question the means by which we love ourselves, by how I have loved myself — I think we are expanding our tastes and expectations of beauty but there is a consistent through line of self-expression that is quite “Instagrammable” our beauty standards haven’t stretched nearly far enough.

 

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Vérité Book Club | The Life Changing Reads of Our Favorite #FemmesOfVerite

Verite Book Club, #FemmesOfVerite, Book Suggestions, Must Read, Beach Read, Smart is Beautiful, Girls Who Read - Verite PublishedNeed a book recommendation? Why not take one from your biggest girl crush. Over the last year we’ve racked the beautiful minds of many compelling, brilliant women who inspire us daily. We never forget to ask them which reads have changed their lives, and here are a few we thought we would share with you in yet another installation of Vérité Book Club. Have some life changing books of your own? Tweet @veritepublished and let us know what we should be reading!

Garance Doré, Fashion Illustrator | One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A mythical journey of a small town and its residences brings to life 100 years of Macondo. A story of love, loss, and humanity. Garance told us this novel changed her life in her thirties. Crack it open to see why.

Emily Holt, Contributing Vogue Editor, & Shop Owner | The Tao of Willie by Willie Nelson

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Jen Szeto, Instagram Influencer | Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger

An American classic that we’ve most likely all endured in our early years could be worth a re-read. Why not walk down memory lane, hand in hand with Holden Caulfied. See what it does to your adult psyche.

Sofia El Arabi, Fashion Designer | l’Assommoir by Zola

L’Assommoir is a beautiful novel about finding happiness within one woman’s mundane middle-class life. It will transport you to the streets of Paris so authentically you feel the woman Zola builds, and learn from her trials.

Becky Hearn, Lifestyle Model | Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Another splendid classic not to miss, and a personal favorite of our own. The detail of Nabokov’s scenes are moving, disturbing, and divine. It will surely alter the way you think of love, if not inner-motives. This ones our pick for an astute pool-side page-turner.

Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Actress & Musician | The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Don’t let the post-apocalyptic themes turn you off. This is a heartfelt journey that leads to finding a blank slate in an America left in ashes.

Dores Andre, Principal Ballerina, SF Ballet Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton

Dores tells us this book by Dossie Easton changed the way she thought about love, romance and relationships. We’re instantly intrigued. This book deals with the dimensional views one can possibly have when it comes to partnerships, and love. Finding what is right, or true for you.

Heather Day, Arist | The Authentic Life by Ezra Bayda

The Authentic Life: Zen Wisdom for Living Free from Complacency and Fear, is the perfect paperback to pick up if you are a creative, or seeking your own passions. A wonderful look into how to overcome the road blocks that may be holding you back from realizing your full potential.

 

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