I will never consider Donald Trump my president. I am a proud Clinton supporter, even when she was running against Bernie, so when Donald Trump was elected I was heartbroken. I did everything in my power to fight back and to resist. I attended the women’s march. I refused to work on the Day Without Women. I wore bright red. I have been purchasing Anti-Trump merchandise to make my political opinions known to anyone who talks to me. It’s my obligation as a citizen to protest fascism and to let everyone else know just what I think of there being a sexual predator in office. You would think when I ads and publicity photos for Julius Caesar I would have been thrilled to see a arts group take a stand against the president. You would think that I would have been overjoyed.
I am so livid about this play I am literally shaking as I write this. Electing Trump was the start of the war on women, this play was the first shot fired. Julius Caesar is a sexist, misogynistic, and horrible piece of literature on par with Huckleberry Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird. I am disgusted by the under-representation of female figures in the play.
First, there is Calpurnia. She is Caesar’s wife and everything wrong with how we treat women. She is controlling and undeveloped. The actress who played her promoted unrealistic body standards for women. She is tall, blonde, white, and completely unrealistic for young girls and women alike to look at. She is seen as useless because she is unable to give children and is looked at by the men in the play as a sex object.
Then there is Portia. Only in scenes with men, she is a small role and also promotes the unrealistic beauty standard that women face on a day to day basis. Her relationship with her husband Brutus only serves to move the plot along and not develop her as a character in her own right. She is passive and weak and even though she talks openly with her husband is left out of the plotline almost entirely.
In this production, they made Mark Antony a girl. A poor choice that shows the director’s real sexist side coming forth. They made her power hungry and manipulative, obviously as a symbol for how women are seen by men in today’s society. Antony is ruthless and once again, surprised, thin and tall.
Really there is no other way to slice is. Shakespeare is a sexist, who did not flesh out female characters and the director of the play, though he had noble intentions (#NotMyPresident) really hurt the still ongoing fight for women’s rights.