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Anna Biller (filmmaker behind The Love Witch) explains why we should stop calling movies feminist

- in the past few years everyone and their dog started calling movies "feminist", hoping it would give them some sort of stamp of approval
- very few films are actually feminist, it's just that the bar is set pretty low (a movie treats a woman as a human being, especially if the director is a man -> feminist)
- compares films from before & after the lifting of the censorship codes in the 60s
- pre-code films often had bold female protagonists & forced men to get inside the fantasies of women, as well as identifying with & admiring them
- post-code films were all about male fantasy and expression, so films aimed at a female audience became lowbrow
- rejects the idea that exploitation films can be feminist
- "By using the word feminism so often and indiscriminately, we are erasing feminist discourse. The over-use of the word feminism has rendered it entirely meaningless as a serious political topic, making it easier and easier for everyone to think of it as just a trendy subject or a buzzword rather than the very fabric of women’s lives. This is an effective way to kill a political movement, and it’s working."

sources 1 & 2
this post was really interesting & raised a lot of relevant questions imo, so i thought i'd share :)
Tags: feminism / social issues, film director
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