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The Feministing Five: Darius Clark Monroe

Darius Clark Monroe is transforming the ways media portrays incarcerated young black men, starting with his own story. At the age of 16, Darius committed armed robbery, which dramatically impacted his life as well as those around him. After serving five years in a maximum security prison, Darius has since earned a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and launched his career in documentary film.

Later this month, Darius’s film The Evolution of a Criminal will be released, and viewers across the country will be able to understand how Darius’s crime was intimately connected to his environment. While Darius is the first to take responsibility for his crime, his documentary contextualizes how his deep love for his family ...

Darius Clark Monroe is transforming the ways media portrays incarcerated young black men, starting with his own story. At the age of 16, Darius committed armed robbery, which dramatically impacted his life as well as those around ...

The Feministing Five: ManSee Kong

 Just last week, family members joined community advocates to rename Elizabeth Street in New York’s Chinatown “Private Danny Chen Way.” As you’ll remember Danny Chen was so horribly hazed through racial epithets from his fellow soldiers that he took his own life in the fall of 2011. His hometown of NYC Chinatown continues to search for justice through traditional organizing as well through the arts.

Filmmaker, community advocate, and activist ManSee Kong uses her craft to document the stories and lives in Chinatown, New York and beyond. From documentaries exposing the rampant gentrification in Chinatown to fictionalized accounts of everyday mother-daughter life, ManSee’s work aspires to “document and tell stories that inspire social change.” Her project ...

 Just last week, family members joined community advocates to rename Elizabeth Street in New York’s Chinatown “Private Danny Chen Way.” As you’ll remember Danny Chen was so horribly hazed through racial epithets from his ...

Film: How to Lose Your Virginity

I have a little sister and, like any good feminist, I spend a lot of time making sure that she knows that her worth extends beyond her beauty, her body, and her sexuality. As she is still a teenager, a big topic in her life and that of her peers lately has been virginity. Personally, I don’t think that my sexuality or “virginity” is an object to lose, or give away, and I don’t want her to think that either. That’s why I was so excited to watch How to Lose Your Virginity with her.

In this documentary, filmmaker Therese Shechter uses her own path out of virginity to explore why our sex-crazed society cherishes this so-called precious gift. Along the way, ...

I have a little sister and, like any good feminist, I spend a lot of time making sure that she knows that her worth extends beyond her beauty, her body, and her sexuality. As she is still a ...

New documentary Young Lakota about lack of abortion access on a reservation

Image Credit: Ms. Magazine

In 2006, Cecilia Fire Thunder, Tribal Leader of the Ogala Sioux, threatened to build a women’s health clinic on tribal land in response to a proposed South Dakota no-exceptions abortion ban.

Image Credit: Ms. Magazine

In 2006, Cecilia Fire Thunder, Tribal Leader of the Ogala Sioux, threatened to build a women’s health clinic on tribal land in response to a proposed South Dakota no-exceptions ...

Video: Watch the trailer for “Gideon’s Army”

March 18th or this year marked the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court decision that insisted all defendants have the right to representation by an attorney, regardless of their ability to pay. Half a century later, we’re still far from fulfilling Gideon’s promise.

The failure of our criminal justice system is impossible to ignore in many communities but practically invisible in the mainstream media. That’s why I was so excited to read at Colorlines about HBO’s July 1st release of “Gideon’s Army,” a new documentary on public defenders working in the Deep South. Check out the trailer below (transcript after the jump) and watch an extended clip here.

March 18th or this year marked the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court decision that insisted all defendants have the right to representation by an attorney, regardless of their ability to pay. Half a ...

New documentary explores the relationship between people with disabilities and their aides

About two years ago we were honored to publish a great post by Eva Sweeney on why she supports people with physical disabilities speaking up and taking action on their own behalf. Eva writes regular accounts of  her daily life with Cerebral Palsy on her blog “The Deal with Disability,” and she has just made a new documentary called “Respect: The Joy of Aides”, which explores the relationship between people with disabilities and their aides. Spoiler alert: it looks phenomenal and important. Eva writes of her latest project:

“Being in the disabled community myself, and seeing how some people treat and interact with their aides, made me want to show the more positive side of having aides and being an aide. I have ...

About two years ago we were honored to publish a great post by Eva Sweeney on why she supports people with physical disabilities speaking up and taking action on their own behalf. Eva writes regular accounts ...

The Purity Myth, the documentary

Feministing’s Founding Executive Editor and general bad-ass feminist author Jessica Valenti wrote a book a while back you may or may not know about titled, The Purity Myth. Well, apparently the book was such a hit, that the Media Education Foundation decided to make a movie out of it — and shit, is it good. Here’s the new trailer:

The Purity Myth Trailer from Media Education Foundation on Vimeo.

The film aptly brings the book to life in this documentary exposing the conservative movement’s efforts to teach girls that their sexuality is the entirety of their self-worth — a “purity myth” that not only can have a devastating impact on girls lives, but is a ...

Feministing’s Founding Executive Editor and general bad-ass feminist author Jessica Valenti wrote a book a while back you may or may not know about titled, The Purity Myth. Well, apparently the book was such a ...

Gloria, In Her Own Words: “A window into a time when sexism existed”

On Monday night, HBO will premiere the new documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words.

Steinem, it hardly needs mentioning, was the face of Second Wave feminism, and though she resists the description “icon,” there are many who consider her to be just that. Steinem is now 77 and still active in the feminist movement. Last night she went on the Colbert Report to talk about the documentary, which, Colbert joked, is only 75% as long as documentaries about men.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Gloria Steinem www.colbertnation.com Colbert ...

On Monday night, HBO will premiere the new documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words.

Steinem, it hardly needs mentioning, was the face of Second Wave feminism, and though she resists the description “icon,” there are many who ...

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