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Category: Art and Entertainment, Feminism, Girls, Media

The Feminists Keepin’ it reel @ Sundance

January 28, 2011


The WMC blog is featuring Progressive Girls’ Voices in dispatches from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, as our girl journalists attend feminist film screenings and interview notable leaders and directors. Here, 8th-grader Sophie Turok rethinks the meaning of feminism for girls after her experience at Sundance. Watch this space for more.

Sophie is an 8th-grader in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an athlete, artist, and budding film critic.

Feminism: the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights for women equal to those for men.

As a child in a feminist family, I have put a lot of thought into who a feminist really is. I'm pretty sure that most women should be feminists since they are female.

Shouldn't women stand up for themselves? Yet, most women are not feminists. They give in to the social pressures of looking perfect and falling for the dream that the magazines try to sell us every day. It takes a strong woman to be a feminist and go against society. So I congratulate all of you who read this blog (because you believe in women).

At Sundance I met amazing women film makers.  They were all notably beautiful like Tiffany Shlain (Connected) and Jen Newsom (Miss Representation). I met famous feminists like Gloria Steinem and Geena Davis. All are poised and powerful women. In Miss Representation, many of the interviews are with female stars and feminists.

On the way home I questioned how they could still be feminists if they had Botox and boob jobs. Didn't they give in to society's pressure?  I thought feminists were women who marched, carried signs and spoke out.  My mom says it takes all kinds, and that, for some celebrities in the media, no one would hire them if they didn't have plastic surgery.

So many girls are asking themselves: "Will I be pretty?" Moms and relatives have bought into these social pressures, too, so don't worry if you have. This Katie Makkai video I found sums up everything you should tell yourself: "The word pretty is unworthy of everything you will be, you will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing but you will never be merely pretty".