ideas for a feminist media starter pack
Listen this is so wildly self indulgent but I was thinking
about this today and sure enough it wanted to be written down
Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – a harrowing dystopian look at why
reproductive rights are women’s rights.
Atwood might actually be God,
the verdict’s not out yet
Power by Naomi Alderman – probably best on the heels of Handmaid’s Tale,
after which you’ll be thinking fuck men, this
book reminds you gently that no, fuck the
abuse of power, it’s just that women have had fewer opportunities for that (until…)
I would have loved this book
solely for the change in the newscaster dynamic tbh
Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce (link to first in quartet) –
this is a young adult fantasy series about the first girl openly training to be
a knight. Reminds us that to be a strong woman you have to both overcome
prejudice and put in the work.
Kel has been so important to me
ever since I was ten and cut all my hair off and pedaled around the
neighborhood with a plastic lightsaber pretending to joust
- Mona Lisa Smile – this doesn’t end
at all the way you think it will, for any character, and yet it’s the perfect
This has been my favorite movie
for like 10+ years honestly
- Ever After – Cinderella retelling
that gives the princess agency. Don’t lie to yourself, you need this in your
Also Leonardo da Vinci is the fairy
godmother; don’t pretend that isn’t peak art
- Fleabag (Amazon Prime) – the lead
is extremely warped and yet extremely relatable.
Watching this feels like
getting permission to be hugely flawed honestly. Mind the warnings.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hulu) –
you do not have to renounce any aspect of femininity. You can do your makeup
and paint your nails and go out and slay monsters.
needs girl superheroes when we have Buffy honestly?
- Wicked – name me one other piece
of media this celebrated where the centerpiece is the friendship between two
women. I’ll wait.
- A Doll’s House – “Before all else
you are a wife and a mother!” “Before all else I am a human being!”
This wrecked 19th
century Europe for a reason
tumblr disclaimer: All of these, like any media, could probably be claimed to be problematic in some way honestly. But I think they’ve all massively impacted how I think about feminism.
Recs in notes??? Things to add??? Feel free!