Documentary Review: She's Beautiful When She's Angry
She's Beautiful When She's Angry is one of those documentaries I wish I watched back in middle school when I wondered what I, a little girl from Houston could accomplish in today's world. The documentary looks back at the history of the Women Movement specifically 1960-1971, a time when the civil rights movement was its peak, men were burning their draft cards, and women were redefining what it meant to be a WOMAN. Not going to lie, when I think about the Women's Movement, names like Harriet Beecher Stowe and Susan B. Anthony are the names that come to mind, not Kate Millet or Aileen Hernandez (CEO of NOW). I think the only thing I learned in school about women in the 1960's was the burning of the bra, but those women were ROCK STARS, they started the National Organization For Women (NOW), defied traditional movement hierarchy, and spoke about some of the most taboo subjects even for today's standards. The film takes us from the birth of NOW, to the struggles of the women's liberation, and explores topics on sexual freedom, equal pay for equal work (the sexist job descriptions that is the 1960's), the blatant disrespect from their male counterparts, rape and self-defense, internal struggles in the movement, and my favorite: How, as long as there are women's issues, you can never retire from the Women's Rights Movement.
The film gets to the nitty gritty of the women's movement, think professional cinema and interviews with a home movie style twist, it works. I felt like I was watching a movie but also part of the movement. The film does not shy away from issues of race, class, or fighting against the heteronormative rhetoric like the time the women of the Lavendar Menance (Lesbian Organization inside NOW) stood up and started yelling because they wanted their voices and rights as Lesbians to be heard by women in their OWN movement or the time Denise Oliver-Velez talked about the plight of the African American Women and the sterilization of women in Puerto Rico. She's Beautiful had it all and then some.
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It showed different aspects of a movement that is rarely spoken about, it includes their birth and struggles, and even the internal strife's as well as, the backstory of the movement, but it fell short in the diversity department. Though the documentary itself talks about the role women of color played, just like the movement itself, it kind of glosses over their achievements and struggles. It explains how all women were in some form oppressed and how the U.S standard of beauty fit what White America wanted as well as, the Black Nationalist vs. abortion in the black community, but the film lacked a voice of diversity. I can't blame it on the times, because just like today's women's movement, there's a divide between White Feminist and WOC Feminist. I would have wanted to learn more about the issues in the black community and how they incorporated it into the Women's Movement,( though they explained how some of the women from the Black Nationalist movement did move to N.O.W) or how the Puerto Rican women formed their OWN movement within the movement, what about the Asian and South Pacific women? The film did not go as in depth as I wanted it to so I'd give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
1. Black Nationalist believed "abortion was genocide" and Black women had to have "babies for the revolution" but were not concerned with the Health of the Women.
2. 1971 comprehensiveness child care act (Child Care Bill was passed) and President Nixon vetoed with the excuse that he didn't want them to end up like soviet women and it has had detrimental effects on child care in the US
3. There was a Congress Debate about Birth Control and only Doctors were allowed to speak but the Women pushed their way through to voice their opinions
4. The Women not only burned their bras but many burned their Degrees
5. They created the Jane Collective-Safe abortion services and counseling
6. The Women wrote a collection of Books like, Our Bodies, Ourselves which talked about Child Care, Sexuality, and many more (Bestseller) and created many pamphlets, magazines, and reviews catered to women and health.
7. There were interviews of every day people and surprisingly but unsurprisingly critics (including women) were against the movement and did not understand the need for it
The of Rage of Women 1960 vs. 2016
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