We’ve come a long way as a society. Women, once not granted the right to vote, are now political, business, and philanthropic leaders. More and more men, once assumed to be the breadwinners of the family are becoming stay-at-home dads. And when it comes to doing things like a girl, we know that we’ve got to “rewrite some rules.” The once-fixed roles of women, men, and children have certainly shifted and greyed.
But we’ve still got a long way to go.
That’s why we love films that remind us of the work we have to do, the rules we have to rewrite, the attitudes we have to rethink, and the biases we have to shake. Two recent films have done just that:
Made “to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights,” this film documents the women’s movement from 1966-1971 with glimpses of present-day activists demonstrating modern acts of feminism. It features activist groups like the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Our Bodies, Ourselves. She’s Beautiful balances the dramatic, arduous history of the movement with touches of humor. It is sure to educate and empower.
See the trailer here.
Created by The Representation Project, this film seeks to start the conversation on our modern perception of masculinity. It shows the effects of a culture in which boys are told to “man up” and suppress their emotions. The Mask You Live begs us to rethink our definition of masculinity. Instead of teaching our kids to “act like a girl” or “be a man,” we should ingrain in them human values like care, compassion, and empathy.
Have you seen any inspiring films, ads, Youtube videos, or art projects lately? Let us know if we’ve missed any!