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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

on the unseemly power of those crazy feminist bitches (or not) when it comes to making moves about women

Spout at IndieWire recently pointed out that:

Max Urai at Anomalous Material continues his series on 20th Century in Film with a post on depictions of events from 1910 to 1919. This decade includes such the sinking of the Titanic, the start of Prohibition and World War I, which he will tackle next time. The notable part of the post is what it says about the lack of films about the women’s suffrage movement:

And then goes on to quote Urai at Anomalous Material, where he writes this about the women’s suffrage movement:

Although the conclusion to this political movement happened in 1920 (in the US, at least) when the Nineteenth Amendment was introduced, the battle for women’s rights mostly took place during the teens. It is often dismissed as something that naturally happened as people became more civilized, but history often forgets the many women (and men!) who had the balls to stand up for their rights and their fellow human beings.

Movie: None.

Feminism is all about putting things that history forgot on the map, which makes it all the more surprising that I honestly can’t find any movie about the movement. I know I promised to deliver you the history of the 20th century in movies, but it’s the lack of movies here that is most telling.

Emphasis mine.

If the lack of movies here is telling, what it tells is that Hollywood is not feminist. Perhaps that’s what Urai was getting at and simply worded it poorly. He sounds astonished, though, that because “feminism is all about putting things that history forgot on the map” (which it isn’t all about, in fact, but we’ll let that slide) there should still be things about women left off the map.

What’s surprising is that Urai is surprised that there aren’t lots of movies about the women’s suffrage movement.



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