Awesome upcoming event: A League of Their Own screening and panel

A League of Their Own is probably my favorite movie of all time. It’s up there with Singin’ in the Rain and The Princess Bride for movies that I will watch any time, anywhere, over and over again. It’s got everything you want in a movie: hilariously antiquated sexism, athletic women, sisterhood, Geena Davis, mad sexual tension between Geena Davis and Tom Hanks. The only thing standing between A League of Their Own and sheer cinematic perfection is a musical number, and the swing dance scene comes awfully close. And, this movie passes the Bechdel Test with flying colours.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of A League of Their Own, and to celebrate, friend of the site Nona Willis Aronowitz has organized a screening of the movie and a panel discussion beforehand.

The panel will feature Eileen “Ginger” Gascon, an original All American Girls Professional Baseball League player and baseball historian Sue Macy. Nona will moderate. It’s going to be awesome and I personally cannot wait.

Thursday March 22
92Y Tribeca, 7pm

Get your tickets now, and remember, there’s no crying in baseball!

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  1. Posted March 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE this movie. My sisters and I used to walk around saying things like, “Oops, what if my bosoms pop out?” “You think there are men in this country who ain’t seen your bosoms?” Love!

  2. Posted March 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Amazing event! Wish we had one in Texas.

  3. Posted March 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I just had to pop in and say how much I adore this film. Parts of it were actually shot in my home town, so there is an obsession with it there.

    Favorite scene? Where Madonna’s character is teaching the other woman to read via an erotic novel.

    “Her- milk-y, milky white breasts.”
    *stare of shock*
    “Keep going, it gets really good.”

  4. Posted March 10, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Anything that makes feminists pull together is good. Really.

    It’s still true that this movie horrified me and made me sick to my stomach. It is exactly the slut shaming ( “Oops, what if my bosoms pop out?” “You think there are men in this country who ain’t seen your bosoms?”), fat-shaming (Rosie O’Donnell is attractive enough—oh, but she is hefty, so she doesn’t count as good looking) lookism (we are allowed to ridicule Rosie’s character and a little boy for their weight) misogynist horror I don’t want to believe exists. I went into this movie wanting to love it, believing I would, and still cannot understand what anyone sees in it. We’re supposed to chuckle at the fake newsreels that don’t take the athletes as seriously as they take their looks when the movie itself does the exact same thing. The only character that shows real growth is–big surprise–a guy, Madonna is a stock slut character (and there is something somehow wrong in being sexually available) , and of course Geena Davis has to throw the game at the end because women can’t really be competitive or tough, they can only make sacrifices.

    I am happy when women bond and wish we were bonding over something else.

    • Posted March 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      I hear what you are saying and this movie is far from perfect, but about the ending: I love that Geena Davis gives her sister the win. I don’t think it says anything bad about women and their inability to compete. To the contrary, if it is a statement about women, I read it as a positive one. Davis knows how badly her sister wants that win, she knows how much she needs it for her self-esteem, and so Davis lets her have it. As a middle child, often overshadowed by my beautiful older sister, I found that sisterly love to be the most touching moment of the whole movie. If it’s a statement about women in general, maybe the statement is that women care more about each other than they do about winning, and that is something that I am absolutely okay with.

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