I wonder what most men thought when the news that Angelina Jolie had her breast tissue removed. I know my eyes went up and scanned the backs of my eyelids and came down with nothing.
I had no term of reference. At least I had no term of reference that would allow for a kind response as we’ve become so jaded with the self-centered spin coming from anyone in that industry. And of course the impossibility that no matter how one tried to separate the person from persona on the screen, one could not.
You see I had no concept of her as a human being. And here’s the question I had to ask myself, ‘was that my fault’.
On balance I have to say it is. You see I allowed the spin to create a hard shell about the woman. And I know that many very well paid people are employed to form that shell. I should still, as a fellow human being, have been able to see beyond it. At least see her as a mother. And I didn’t. We were spun a heap of BS where her adding three kids to her own three was somehow bad. In fact having the three herself was described as some sort of indulgence.
Empathy from a man for a woman is a thin concept. Empathy for a man is a thin concept one way or another. But for some reason yesterday a real woman shone through. A woman who was fearful her young family would lose their mother and a man would lose his mate.
So what occurred. Well, I would say we saw a woman with her priorities in the correct order.