Top 10 Secretly Feminist Films

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4. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1992)

Almost ten years before Elle Woods, there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And no, we’re talking about the intense television mega-hit but the hilarious little low-budge flick that took itself a lot less seriously. With a much more Valley Buffy obsessed with shopping and cheerleading, the movie gave us great lines like “Get out of my facial!” and “That’s so five minutes ago!” The giveaway that this was much more than a silly action comic and actually a radically feminist project comes at the end: after Buffy saves her town and basically the world from a vampire invasion, her outsider bad-boy love interest played by 90210 alum Luke Perry says to her, “You’re not like other girls,” to which Buffy replies earnestly (for once), “Yes, I am.” Ladies kick ass!

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Author: Em & Lo

femmeNo filmmaker in their right mind would advertise the fact that their film has feminist ambitions -- we're pretty sure that's box office suicide (sad, but true). Despite that, some films have pretty obvious feminist heroes -- think Thelma and Louise, G.I. Jane., Jodie Foster's character in THE ACCUSED, and Erin Brockovich. And then there are the stealth feminist films -- movies that advance the feminist cause without anyone driving off a cliff or shaving their head or or fighting against rape or giving an Oscar-winning, stick-it-to-the-man performance. These movies take feminism for granted and act like it's no big deal -- in fact, they're so stealth that sometimes maybe even the filmmakers and stars didn't know what was going on. Here are ten of our favorites (we didn't include BRIDESMAIDS, by the way; while we loved the movie, producer Judd Apatow insisting on a big group diarrhea scene automatically disqualified it).


Tune into PUSH GIRLS Mondays at 10P, the all new series of women challenging the norm.10. UP IN THE AIR (2009)9. CATWOMAN (2004)8. BILLY ELLIOT (2000)7. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999)6. THE PIANO (1993)5. LEGALLY BLONDE (2001)
4. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1992)3. SECRETARY2. BULL DURHAM (1988)1. HEATHERS (1988)