Thursday, October 25, 2012

Some Feminist Movies

There's a lot of internet noise about sexism in the tech world.

You might wonder, if you're a dude, what the fuck am I even supposed to do about all this shit, except for not be a dick?

One option is to volunteer with an organization like RailsBridge.

Another option is to watch these movies, and think about them.

The Scream series of horror films
There's a staggering amount of feminist film theory surrounding horror films, especially slasher films, with their Final Girl trope. This is a controversial field, but the Scream series is stuffed to the gills with strong women who pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.

Ruby Sparks
A brilliant deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is popular for similar reasons, but where Eternal Sunshine scores a few snark points by dissing the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope as cliché, Ruby Sparks completely demolishes the concept, exposing its fundamentally destructive, sexist foundations. It's like the difference between a spitball and a sledgehammer.

Somersault
An indie film from Australia which tells a very relevant coming-of-age story. Lowest popcorn entertainment factor of all the movies listed here, but illuminating.