Was one of your new year’s resolutions to consume more #feminist content? Well we have you covered! Here’s your first 2020 round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters for books, movies, TV shows, podcasts and more that act as a megaphone to women’s rights. Enjoy – and if you have any top tips then send them our way.
Now That We’re Men: A Play and True Life Accounts of Boys, Sex & Power by Katie Cappiello
Katie Cappiello turns her perceptive eyes and ears to the lived experiences of young men as they try on sexuality and masculinity. Compassionate and piercingly insightful, this play and guidebook razes rape culture, interrogates traditional notions of masculinity, and breeds accountability―without sacrificing boys.
Somos Belén by Ana Elena Correa
“Somos Belén” tells the true story of a young woman was jailed for 29 months after having a miscarriage, since authorities assumed she intentionally self-aborted. Belén was eventually freed thanks to sustained activism by women’s rights groups, but the trauma she experienced is lasting. In Argentina abortion is criminalized in most circumstances, creating a climate and culture where women’s bodies are under constant surveillance.
The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off by Gloria Steinem
A beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem’s most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an introduction and essays by the feminist activist herself. Covering topics from relationships, to the patriarchy and activism, this is the definitive collection of Steinem’s words on what matters most.
An American coming-of-age period drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. The main character, Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.
Coming Soon: On the Record Documentary
This film, premiering at Sundance this weekend, tells the stories of survivors who say that they have been raped by Russell Simmons and who have overcome significant hurdles to tell their stories in this documentary. We will keep you posted about the wider release but in the meantime, follow the twitter account for updates.
From Wonder Media Network, Ordinary Equality tells the full story of how the Equal Rights Amendment passed, failed, was resurrected, and now has the potential to change US history once and for all. Host and human rights attorney Kate Kelly presents the untold stories of the revolutionaries, the activists, the dissenters, and so much more, all set against a comprehensive framework of US legal, political and cultural context over the last century. As Alice Paul, author of the ERA, said, “Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But, to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.”
In the No
In 2017, radio-maker Kaitlin Prest released a mini-series called “No” about her personal struggle to understand and communicate about sexual consent. That show, which dives into the experience, moment by moment, of navigating sexual intimacy, struck a chord. It’s gorgeous, deeply personal, and incredibly thoughtful.
Do you have any suggestions for us to share next month? Please send them to us, we’d love to hear from you!