In the most recent episode of her “Archetypes” podcast, Meghan Markle defended the use of the terms “woke” and “feminist.”
The Duchess of Sussex discussed words that become “unnecessarily charged” when discussing women in the episode “The Audacity of the Activist,” offering the example of “feminism,” which she claimed is “sometimes viewed as taboo as the F-word.”
Markle, 41, continued, “also the term “woke.” ‘Waked,’ I realize I’m saying. I am well aware that I am feeding the clickbait, but let me explain why. Because being “awake” involves being aware of injustice in society, particularly racism.”
She went on: “Now, what about that is bad or loaded? And when you add a woman to that seemingly uninteresting definition, many people find it almost repulsive; they would call it outrageous, but why?”
Meghan then asked: “What is so scary about a woman having an opinion as strongly as a man does? And why do we sometimes cower to that? Turtle, as I often say — go back into the safety of our own shell.”
Markle’s podcast guest, British actress Jameela Jamil, told her that she had “fought back on behalf” of the royal and defended her against “demonization.”
Jamil, 36, told Meghan: “It’s just it’s an unfathomable amount of s*** that you take Meghan, I can’t believe it.
“And I fought back on your behalf years before I’d ever met you because I was so outraged with the twisting of this, very normal, very kind, very civilized woman.
“That demonisation just shows how afraid they are of you.
“And I’m sure maybe you can’t keep this in or whatever, but the treatment of you and, I’m so sorry, you’ve had to withstand, it has re-highlighted for us there is intense unkindness and bigotry and misogyny of our media. I think and I hope and I feel faith that tides are changing, because so many of us are fighting back.”
And Meghan replied: “Thank you for fighting back.”
At the beginning of the episode, Markle explained how female activists are often looked at with irritation.
Meghan said: “I started to notice this almost default eye roll when someone would mention a woman fighting for a cause. ‘Why can’t she just sit down and’… you know the rest. The unspoken annoyance that seemed to swirl around women in activism was astounding to me.”