I was reading the Sunday New York Times Magazine and, at the same time, working with an editor by e-mail on an article about the film Black Swan for a blog. It was then that it occurred to me that the article I was reading, B-Girl Bouillabaise, and Black Swan offer women several options on the road to their authenticity.
Many theatergoers leave the film Black Swan utterly confused, with more questions than answers. Others, like my friends, just didn’t care for its frightening images and “unnecessarily macabre” scenes. I left the movie exhilarated and spent, because it breathtakingly articulates the most important relationship of a woman’s life: the one she has with herself. For me, it’s a heroine’s journey into womanhood, the internal/external struggle of the duality of women’s lives. How do we break the most delicate of bonds, leaving our mothers to become the authentic “us?” How do we gracefully integrate the “nice” and “not-so-nice” aspects of who we really are, without refusing to be completely one or the other? How much are we willing to sacrifice to achieve success? (more…)