There are few things more depressing than trying to think of movies about young women who aren’t white. It’s also depressing trying to think of movies about young women who aren’t straight. Oh, and when you try to think of movies starring women who are plus-sized? Ha! Good luck with coming up with more than a handful, if that much.
Despite the fact that there are so many different kinds of girls out there–black, brown, queer, fat, etc–the media really hasn’t caught up, especially the movie industry. Seriously, we have a larger chance of seeing vampire girls than seeing a gay Asian chick. I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure there are more gay Asian chicks than vampires. What gives? Er, okay, the answer is racism but anyway…
There might be a huge lack of diversity in some of your favorite movies, but there are still some great films out there that actually represent the diversity of young women’s experiences. Check out these 15 movies that aren’t about straight, thin white people and add some new favorites to your list.
As a follow-up, Sarah took a look at Film Fatales, a collective of women film directors, to compile a list of women-directed films. You can find even more recommendations here, but here are some great films—all directed by women— to add to your summer watch list:
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night by Ana Lily Amirpour
A Teacher by Hannah Fidell
Advantageous by Jennifer Phang
Apartment Troubles by Jess Weixler & Jennifer Prediger
Heartbreak opens onto the sunrise for even breaking is opening and I am broken, I am open. Broken into the new life without pushing in, open to the possibilities within, pushing out. See the love shine in through my cracks? See the light shine out through me? I am broken, I am open, I am broken open. See the love light shining through me, shining through my cracks, through the gaps. My spirit takes journey, my spirit takes flight, could not have risen otherwise and I am not running, I am choosing. Running is not a choice from the breaking. Breaking is freeing, broken is freedom. I am not broken, I am free.
Is it just me or has the teen movie genre sort of petered in recent years? Seriously, think about how many teen movies came out in the ’90s and early ’00s compared to now. Surprising, right? Honestly that kind of sucks because teen movies can be so formative for us in the weirdness of our teen years and even into the weirdness of young adulthood.
Well, while we’re waiting for the next good teen movie, you might as well binge on some movies of the past. From iconic teen classics to lesser known indie flicks, check out these 13 teen movies that you have to watch before you’re 18. And if you’re over 18, well, better late than never!
We have countless articles offering advice about dating boys, having boyfriends and other super hetero-centric topics. That’s useful and all…if you’re a straight girl. We know that some of you beyond rad Gurl readers aren’t interested in dating cis-gender dudes, so if you identify as a girl who likes girls, a lot of our romance content most likely just isn’t very relatable. Let’s change that a bit, shall we?
If you’re a queer girl who wants real advice on dating other girls, here are 10 things you need to know. Whether you are a lesbian, bisexual or anything else under the queer umbrella, these are tips from real girls who like girls –Melissa, Journey, Dmitri, Holly and Rainaweather–so you know that this is super legit.
Ava DuVernay has dominated the press for her incredible work on Selma… but this by no means makes her the first black female director worthy of award nominations. Yohana Desta has compiled a list of 7 great filmmakers who have also had the opportunity to make award-worthy films.