10 Best Feminist Comedies on Netflix

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When it comes to comedic films in theaters and online, it’s pretty slim pickings if you’re seeking something that manages to be witty without using women as a punchline. Luckily, there are enough comedies that pass the Bechdel Test currently on Netflix to satisfy your binge-watching needs for the week. Some of the flicks in […]

ACLU Goes After Hollywood’s Gender Gap

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The American Civil Liberties Union is taking Hollywood to task for the industry’s unchecked sexism in hiring practices. Accusing the industry of committing civil rights violations against women directors, the ACLU is calling for a state and federal investigation of television networks, movie studios and talent agencies. The organization has sent a 15-page letter to […]

How Ex Machina Fails to be Radical

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Reprinted with permission from Skirt Collective I am going to admit: Ex Machina profoundly disturbed me—so much so that at one point I had to leave the theatre and catch my breath. It is very rare for me to walk out of a film. Rarer still for me to walk out not because the film […]

Meryl Streep Boosts Over-40 Women Screenwriters

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Back in 1986 Newsweek made a point of suggesting that for all practical purposes, women are dead at age 40.  Women over 40, they wrote, are “more likely to be killed by a terrorist” than get married. And Newsweek had statistics to back it up: Women over 40, they claimed “have a minuscule 2.6 percent […]

Are Divergents Feminists in Disguise?

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Last year the first film of the Divergent series made close to $200 million, putting it almost in league with The Hunger Games. While the latter dystopian trilogy, featuring the intrepid Katniss Everdeen, is richer and more politically nuanced, the Divergent series—now weighing in with a second film, Insurgent—also offers relevant political critique and a realistic […]

Ava DuVernay: Focusing the Lens on Equality

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Fusing social consciousness and stunning artistry, director, writer and producer Ava DuVernay‘s well of emotionally […]

“The Lazarus Effect” Is No “Frankenstein”

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The Lazarus Effect focuses on reviving the dead—hardly a new concept—and few texts have done as well as Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein. The Lazarus Effect is no Frankenstein, but, as in that novel, betrayal, questionable ethics and a fascination with the possibilities of science frame the narrative. The plot follows a team of medical scientists […]

Interview: The Activist Survivors of “The Hunting Ground”

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It’s strange to think of Annie Clark and Andrea Pino as “stars” of the new documentary The Hunting Ground, since their “stardom” arose from traumatic real-life experiences. But they’re indeed the main protagonists of this game-changing film about campus rape, which opened yesterday today in New York and Los Angeles (and, in two weeks, in Boston, […]

“It Follows”: A Horror Film That Doesn’t Blame the Victim for Having Sex

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It Follows has an uncanny eye for detail, using jump cuts, long takes and a heavy musical score to build a horror/arthouse film that suggests very ominous things about sexuality, sexual agency and sexual coercion/abuse. The second film from director David Robert Mitchell, It Follows draws upon ’70s and ’80s horrors flicks, filling the screen […]

#AskHerMore and #OscarsSoWhite are Not Separate Issues

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To every woman who gave birth. To every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America. So proclaimed Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette at this year’s […]