In Bed with Susan Sontag

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In Regarding Susan Sontag, a deliciously dark and brooding documentary about the fiercely private but publicly fierce writer and activist, filmmaker Nancy D. Kates shares lesser-known details of Sontag’s personal life. She uses interviews with past lovers and close friends, archival footage and excerpts from Sontag’s most culturally resonant and prescient works, including On Photography […]

Opening Soon in L.A. and N.Y.: Inspiring Doc About Late-60s Women’s Movement

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This month, filmmaker and activist Mary Dore shares her feminist film masterpiece with the world: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, photographs, uniquely feminist texts and music (The Chicago Women’s Liberation Rock Band? Yes, please!), the film offers an inspiring account of the women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s. The Ms. […]

For Amy Poehler, Writing is Hard, Feminism Comes Naturally

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You’ve probably heard the saying, “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” Well, Amy Poehler makes comedy look easy, but her new memoir, Yes Please, nearly killed her. Or so she says at great length in the preface (aptly titled “Writing is Hard”). Anyone who has ever written anything will relate to her account of the procrastination, […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: December

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Ms. December Outside December’s window howls the bark rolled endlessly, big ocean’s opal foam, then silence. Then she thinks of her shalom, then longs for home, then hears the morning lark. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or […]

The Woman in the Glass Case in the Window

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If you had asked me what I did over the weekend and I explained I had spent 12 hours contorted inside a glass display case the size of a tree stump in the ATA gallery window on Valencia Street in San Francisco, you’d probably say I was crazy. After all, this is not generally speaking […]

Vampires, Skateboards and Autonomy: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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Director/writer Ana Lily Amirpour’s mixture of pulp fiction, Iranian New Wave Cinema and horror has created a beautiful dark fairy tale of a dangerous yet heroic she-vampire who swiftly kicks ass when needed. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is shot in black and white and set in an eerie ghost town called Bad […]

Top 10 Feminist Documentaries Streaming on Netflix

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Here at Ms., we’re always on the hunt for feminist documentaries and love showcasing them on the blog and in Ms. magazine. Feminist filmmakers telling the stories of women in new and interesting ways help to push women’s issues into the cultural mainstream and highlight societal problems that otherwise may have been overlooked. And these […]

Sometimes the Master’s Tools Can Light a Fire

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Dystopian and utopian texts are incredibly important for envisioning our world otherwise, a point emphasized by Ursula K. Le Guin at the 2014 National Book Awards. In her speech, Le Guin noted that we need writers who “can see through our fear-stricken society … to other ways of being,” and she named the profit motive […]

Choking on a Waterfall of Watermelon Seeds

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Reprinted with permission from Nikky Finney On Wednesday night Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. After she left the stage the host of the National Book Awards, Daniel Handler, told the crowd that she, a Black woman, “was allergic to watermelon” and then implored the crowd at the National […]

“Twilight” Screenplay Contest to Boost Women Writers and Directors

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Just when you thought Twilight had receded into the zeitgeists-of-popular-culture-past, a new short film contest called “The Storytellers— New Voices of The Twilight Saga” promises to bring the series, and its vibrant fan base, back to life. Before you grit your teeth and shake your feminist fist, bemoaning that one of the most regressive, non-feminist-friendly blockbuster sagas is […]