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A Feminists guide to… Netflix

Just some of our fave Netflix picks!

By Sharmyne Dullaghan

There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in a rut with your watching habits, but luckily enough we’ve put together this handy wee guide to Netflix.


Here we have the best feminist documentaries, shows, stand up comedy specials and films to help you find something new and exciting to watch.




Period. End of Sentence.

Period. End of Sentence is a moving short film/documentary directed by Rayka Zehtabchi that explores the stigma around menstruation among Indian women.


The shame around menstruation in India had caused many women to drop out of college, it was a struggle for some women to even say the word period while on camera. It is astonishing to watch these women begin their personal revolution as they start to manufacture their own sanitary pads and gain their own independence from the patriarchy.


Feminists: What Were They Thinking?

In 1977, a collection of photographs were taken in an attempt to show the women’s liberation movement at its peak.


This documentary provides the viewer with candid and gripping interviews regarding these photographs with feminist icons such as Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem tackling topics such as abortion, race, class and motherhood.


The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is a harrowing look into the death of an iconic trans woman who fought for liberation. The documentary follows activist Victoria Cruz of the anti-violence project who begins an investigation into the mysterious death of her friend and beloved activist Marsha P. Johnson. The film’s main theme focuses on the violence and death that trans women face while looking at the local authorities lack of action in these cases. A must-see for all intersectional feminists.


Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

If you’re not in the mood for a heavy documentary and want a little giggle I recommend Hannah Gadsby Nanette.


The Australian comic proves that comedy is not about taking jabs at minority communities (something many comedians should take note of) as they appeal to a new brand of comedy. An amazing presence paired with punchlines about their personal revelations on gender, sexuality and childhood. A perfect pick me up for a self-care day.


Legally Blonde

Elle Woods is the original 2000’s feminist icon and legally blonde is a must-see for a good bit of female empowerment!


The film contains the perfect amount of humour and gravity to tackle the issues of gender-based discrimination in the workplace, internalised misogyny and women in academia. There is a stereotype that for a woman to be successful she must first sacrifice her femininity, and this film smashes that ideal along with the glass ceiling in Harvard Law!


Glow

A Netflix original show which looks at the establishment of women's wrestling.


Glow is set in the ’80s the show follows main character Ruth Wilder on her failed journey to stardom until she stumbles upon the glittery spandex world of women's wrestling. While the show has a lighthearted comedic tone, it also tackles many serious issues, such as the #MeToo movement, inclusivity and LGBTQ+.



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