A while back the Pontifical Council for Culture (PCC) posted a video about women. Actually, it is of a woman asking women to send photos, tweets, videos, social media stuff by women about women to the same Pontifical Council. The 2 minute long video is a plug for a conference in Rome in February on the theme“Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference”.
The video caused a little stir because it was, frankly, a bit… strange. I’m not the only one who thought so. Here is one commentatrix at CWR.
What makes me post today is that the same PCC pulled the English language flick from Youtube while leaving the Italian version. Same women in the video. Same text. Different language.
What’s up with that?
I suppose they must’ve gotten flack from the Anglophone world, whereas no one in Italy really noticed.
So… my question is:
Does anyone out there still have the English language version? Did anyone download it? (Not that it’s … suggestive… or anything like that….)
As of today for the English version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioA8DCPTjOA
As of today for the Italian version:
Meanwhile here is the English text:
At the Pontifical Council for Culture, in the Vatican, they have taken inspiration from Pope Francis’ openness and are reflecting on women’s cultures and the place for women in societies today, between equality and difference.
At what point are we today, as women?
I am sure you have asked yourself many times, who you are, what you do, what you think about your being a woman, your strengths, your difficulties, your body, and your spiritual life. If you want to, you can share your vision.
Why not tell it with a one-minute film, or in a photo. Put your work online with the hashtag #LifeofWomen, and send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org
It could be chosen to be part of the opening event of a great meeting of cardinals and bishops in Rome in February 2015 and as part of a crowd-sourced film on YouTube.
You have until 4 January to send in your materials.
You are important!
I wonder what a parallel video about men for men would look like? Could it possible involve, I dunno, an unshaven guy in a wifebeater shouting “Stellllaaaaaa” at a second story window? I am straining here. Would it be some metrosexualized guy who does things with wax? What age would be be? Would he have “product” in his hair? Would he have a shaved head, which is popular in Italy now? What would be the male equivalent of false eyelashes and puffy lips?
A really smart women to whom I spoke to about this, at first asked if the person in the video was really a woman or someone in drag. Then, after she saw it, she commented that she might have taken it more seriously had she had dark hair (the woman in the video, that is). And then she offered that the women in the video looks like Dharma from the TV series Dharma and Greg. I don’t know that show, but I am informed that that Dharma is the antithesis of what the PCC was looking for… probably. I don’t know what the PCC was looking for. But, hey! Who am I to judge?
To my interlocutrix, the video seemed, at first, like a parody.
Perhaps that’s why the English version was pulled? Everyone thinks of Dharma from the TV show and, therefore, doesn’t take it seriously? Is that why the Italian version is still there?
Talk about cultural differences!
The moderation queue is definitely turned on for this one!
I will let some comments stack up before I release them, lest you just start a feeding frenzy.
Someone sent me a link to an active video in ENGLISH: