5 Feminist Documentaries to Educate Your Ass
The things you learn about being a woman while you grow up — be modest! be submissive! let others take control! — can be crazy, to say the least.
Here’s five feminist documentaries that have not only helped me on my journey of un-learning but taught me a lot about the power of feminism and all the crap that’s still in our way.
1. Girl Rising (2013)
This film, which is narrated by Salma Hayek, Priyanka Chopra, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and many more, is a beautifully crated documentary about nine young women from nine underdeveloped areas going above and beyond to simply get a formal education and achieve their dreams.
2. The Hunting Ground (2015)
This documentary in which college girls from all over America tell their true stories of what it’s like to try and bring justice to rape on campus honestly scared me.
Watching this documentary, which has a similar backstory to the Brock Turner case, I realized how often sexual assault happens and far a university will go to cover it up.
If that’s not enough for you, this short film was nominated for an Oscar and features not one, but two original songs from Lady Gaga.
3. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)
Produced by Rashida Jones, this film follows young female adult film stars trying to make a break into the porn industry. “Hot Girls Wanted” gives an amazing peak into what it’s actually like to be a sex worker, which BTWs is one of the oldest jobs in America.
4. Pink Ribbons Inc. (2011)
Based on the 2006 book “Pink Ribbons, Inc.”, this film shows how many people abuse cancer patients for money and power. Many corporations use Breast Cancer Awareness month as a way to make it seem like they support the cause and want to help find a cure, but in reality just donate the teeniest tiniest portion of their proceeds to Breast Cancer research, if they donate any at all.
Make sure to think before you pink.
5. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014)
The film is true inspiration. It covers the Women’s Rights Movement from 1961 to 1971, the rise of feminism and the fight for equal human rights. You can feel the energy created from the protest rallies and empowering speeches!
Fully expressing the bravery and passion the Women’s Rights Movement of the 60s had, this is a MUST watch feminist documentary for everybody.