- Rebecca Bodenheimer: Genderless acting categories won't help achieve substantive gender parity
- We can't just pretend that patriarchy and male privilege don't exist anymore, she writes
Rebecca Bodenheimer is a freelance writer and scholar with a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. She writes on Cuban music and society, and race and identity politics in American popular culture. The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers.
(CNN)The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards were clearly designed to highlight diversity in terms of race, gender and sexual orientation. The Best Kiss award went to the two young black men who starred in the second act of "Moonlight," and "RuPaul's Drag Race" won best reality show. Maxine Waters, Donald Trump's most outspoken congressional opponent, presented the Best Fight Against the System award with Tracee Ellis Ross. Acceptance speeches stressed unity and diverse representation in movies and TV.