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feminist vids

Many thanks to everyone who left suggestions on my post asking for suggestions for feminist TV episodes. I would still welcome suggestions on that post, but after some conversation in the comments there it occurred to me that it might actually be easier to find examples of feminist vids than actual feminist TV shows. Here's what I thought of off the top of my head/ found through delicious searches; does anyone have other suggestions for vids that highlight themes of gender/feminism, especially ones that might address other issues (like race and class)?


Vids that comment on the depiction of women in the media

sisabet and luminosity's Women's Work as a critical examination of the depiction of women on TV (especially in the horror genre), specifically the fridging of female characters.

sloanesomething's On the Dance Floor. Awesome, really brief critique of gender representation on Star Trek. I also think this is a good introduction to how vidding subverts (or can subvert) source texts, because I would have found the song used in this very offensive were it not being used ironically to critique the lack of women in Star Trek.

laurashapiro's Stay Awake, a creepy look at violence against women and forced pregnancy in a number of shows.

lierdumoa's How Much is that Geisha in the Window , a critique of Whedon's exclusion of actual Chinese or other Asians from his Chinese-speaking universe, Firefly; also an interesting critique of anti-Asian bias in Westerns and in American history.

giandujakiss's It Depends on What You Pay , a really creepy examination of rape in Dollhouse.

Vids that highlight kickass heroines in the media
ancastar's Rabbit-Hearted Girl, a tribute to the Harvelle women (because my SPN-loving heart wanted to balance out Women's Work, and it's also a great vid about women kicking ass).

arefadedaway's One Girl Revolution, multifannish kickass women.

y_fish's Project Awesomesocks, a celebration of the Firefly cast focusing on the women.

damned_colonial, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, a multifandom celebration of women in Age-of-Sail time period films.

Vids that address specific feminist issues

obsessive24, Bachelorette A Buffy vid that is a really interesting examination of women's interactions with male power structures on the show.
The creator says in her notes: "What I wanted to show was patriarchy as a concept, and the different instances that concept could embody. It is not meant to be taken as a blanket critique of men being men, or at least not beyond the privileges - if any - that they unconsciously inherit simply by being born into the structure. For me, the most important thing is that these issues can be universally true to women, not just for Slayers or female characters in this fiction. At one point or another, most women have to face most of these issues in society, whether or not they are consciously aware of it being such: issues of sex and virtue; of father figures and control; of the "old boys' club" which imposes structural concepts on education and the workplace; and - at the very end of the spectrum - misogyny as tangible violent acts against women

darlulu, Martina. A chilling look at rape in Veronica Mars.

Viorica8957, Oh Mother. I don't know this fandom (Rome), but this is an excellent examination of domestic violence.

Female bonding vids

charmax's I'm Your Man , in celebration of "International Day of Femslash." Awesome vid centering on femslashy relationships (M, read that as "female homoeroticism") in a wide variety of films and TV shows.

Not exactly fanvids, but awesome feminist vids all the same

Bronte Sister Power Dolls: a fake ad for these new action figures breaking down barriers in the 19th century literary world.

Jane Austen Fight ClubAwesome mashup of Jane Austen and fight club, with original acting.

Obviously the categories are pretty idiosyncratic. But does anyone else have recs for great feminist vids?



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 19th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
0mindthegap0's Negative Sex? That's an interesting vid about gender roles.
Aug. 19th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I will check that out!
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Aug. 19th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Great! Thanks for the recs.
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Aug. 20th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC)
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Aug. 19th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
I had thought of the Buffy v. Edward one--I like your description of it, which I think will be helpful for my friend who knows a lot less about vids.

Is Cathedrals spoilery for the series conclusion? I have yet to see the last 6 eps, and have amazingly managed to stay unspoiled so far.
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Aug. 20th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC)
Good to know.
Aug. 19th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
"There's No Way Out of Here" by Gwyneth R (link towards the bottom of this page) is "Three women -- Buffy, Scully, and Nikita -- on their descent into hell." It's heartbreaking and powerful and may not be what you're looking for but is certainly an in-depth look at women in men's worlds.
Aug. 19th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I will check it out.
Aug. 22nd, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Continuing from my previous comment... I hope you won't mind me recommending Fringe vids that highlight Olivia Dunham being kickass and awesome.

Boom Boom Pow by hollywoodgrrl

It's a recruiter vid for the recent VividCon and it's really, IMO, does a really good job of it. It packs the two seasons in three minutes. There's explosions, weird skience and Olivia kicking ass and taking names.

U.R.A. Fever by kiki_miserychic

This is an unabashed Olivia kicks ass vid but it is also one of the most awesome visually interesting Fringe vid I've ever seen.

Etheric Messages by thuviaptarth

This vid is a lot more... quieter and contemplative than the first two and definitely more evocative especially with the song choice. It is about the gradual recruitment into the Conspiracy and the role she plays in it. What I've forgotten to mention in my previous comments was that Olivia and Walter (the mad genius) has an interestingly fraught relationship. Through the course of the first season we (and Olivia learns) learn that Olivia and some other children were used for some illicit experimental drug trials that colored almost every action in the children's present lives but what I love is how Olivia always, always makes it clear that despite the impact of what was done to her everything that has and will happen is her choice. Her decision. No matter how risky or reckless.

But most of all, I absolutely love Olivia calls Walter on his previous actions. He maybe a different man now, broken by his own brilliant mind and guilt but he still did the experiments on children. Little children. And, Olivia's fury over this was amazing to see because not only was she able to confront Walter and tell him like it is ('You abused us, Walter! Me and those other children!') but also at no time in the narrative was it ever pointed out that Olivia was wrong to do so. That she has to reconcile with Walter at the end and apologize for being angry. It felt so... novel and refreshing that Olivia can be outraged for the abuse and not apologize.
Aug. 23rd, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've never seen Fringe, but M hasn't seen most of the shows I'm recommending, so I'm sure the more possibilities the better.
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