Passover’s right around the corner – This Friday night! – and instead of having the entire week off, I have two more days of university, so another short one this week.
I’m studying Film and Television. This means that sometimes my homework is to watch something. I have a class called “Proficiency” every Thursday evening, where the teacher gives a little lecture (anywhere between ten minutes and an hour) and we watched the movie the lecture is about. The movie is something historically significant – anything from Metropolis to Pather Panchali – and in chronological order, too.
I’m also sharing classes with Film Buffs™ who are constantly recommending movies to me – I’m more of a TV person, so I haven’t even heard of some of these. And that’s okay, of course – wanting to share love for something I enjoyed is a core part of who I am. My problem is when people say – “You have to watch it!” Because, well,
no I don’t.
Nobody can force you to consume any content you don’t want to. Even in the context of school – I might have to learn about Nazi propaganda, for example, but that doesn’t mean I have to go and watch every Nazi propaganda movie ever made. Or in my Proficiency class – I might have to watch one movie by a racist, but I certainly don’t have to watch all of them.
My point is that you could spend your (free) time doing absolutely anything. If it isn’t something you need to consume to pass a class or you need to review because that’s what you do for a living like a lucky person, watch what you want, read what you want, listen to what you want.
When it comes to choosing between a book by a dead man who couldn’t recognize a complex female character if she slapped him in the face but is considered a classic and a book released in the last ten years about a queer autistic lady*, I’m going go choose the newer one, because it’s the one that excites me. I choose to read – and my choice is going to be changed if I feel obligated to read something boring. It’s your free time. Why consume media you don’t want to just because somebody else thinks you have to?
Happy Passover – chag kasher vesameach, everyone.
* Failure to Communicate, a fantastic read, definitely recommended.
Please note: This post is posted a week late and that is entirely my (Lauren’s) fault. Life was weird last week but we’re back on track & Gails writing is as eloquent as always.