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Feminists: What Were They Thinking? (2018)

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Feminists: What Were They Thinking? takes aim at our current culture revealing all too vividly the urgent need for continued change.

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In 1977, a book of photographs captured an awakening - women shedding the cultural restrictions of their childhoods and embracing their full humanity. Feminists: What Were They Thinking? revisits those photos, those women and those times - and takes aim at our current culture revealing all too vividly the urgent need for continued change. The film offers candid and riveting interviews with women such as Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin and Judy Chicago tackling topics ranging from identity, abortion, race, childhood and motherhood. Written by Anonymous

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12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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Feministas: O Que Elas Estavam Pensando? See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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14 October 2018 | by Gendorius90See all my reviews

This Documentary seems to focus a lot on how bad things were for women who are now old, when they were young, and in an age where the rights of groups have become almost a cold war in some sense this documentary feels like propaganda.

Many shots feel like they could be taken for a movie about feminism then or how the MRA movement today is viewed, and as an example in the movie the line "What are you, some kind of Suffragette?" and the way she speaks of it then is how I see people today treat people who just do the same, but for a different group: Men. Another example is how they point out how "Be a good girl" refers to that you are not a good girl already, but no real thought about that maybe that goes for everyone and not just girls, but because they are girls they only take that point of view even today. As such the movie feels like it is very clearly targetting feminist women and turn things to fit the narrative. Another example is from the womans march from 2017, did it happen? Yes. Did it happen the way it is portrayed and compared to a march from 1978 being superimposed over it? I severely doubt it, because this decade has made the ideas political and sharpened it to point people out, but unlike a documentary like Casie Jayes the Red Pill there seems to be no selfreflection in the documentary, but instead it doubles down and wants to throw fuel on a fire that is no longer needed in the same way it was several generations ago, and with the problems being seen in the media and the social media there are things that still need ironing out, but instead it gives a really strong feeling of not needing to iron out any flaws but just get a bulldozer and it doesn't matter if some corners are severed.

The documentary actually has several good messages, foremost is: Be who you want to be and shape your life from what you want it to be like and don't listen to what others think the world should be like, and if only the documentary wasn't so stuck on being a feminist documentary there are very strong scraps that could be used to make a movie for everyone.

A rather horifying example is from Fonda where a clip is just used to have her say that we should always be in a revolution without seeming to care for how revolutions have usually been done in history, which points to how western feminists appear to view revolution as their kind of politics. The same goes with that they included victims of the bombings in Japan from the second world war, it has nothing to do with feminism, but everything to do with politics and how you should feel about certain people and certain groups.

Something that very clearly shows how skewed the views are someone left a review that gave a 10/10 based on that "boys should be afraid", what kind of equality is that? My score is based on that it is decently shot, it is well cut and it feels like it has a point to make, but because of how it is portrayed, as propaganda, it do not feel like it can even be used as an example in 50 years to look back on.


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