Top 10 Secretly Feminist Films

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1. HEATHERS (1988)

What’s not to love about this movie? Winona Ryder’s character, Veronica, starts off in the popular girls’ clique (whose other three members all happened to be named Heather) and then decides to reject everything that her peers tell her about how a girl should be. This rejection happens to correspond with her new boyfriend — the awesomely sociopathic Christian Slater — dispatching some of those ex-friends pretty literally. Though at first it might seem like she’s going along with it all for a guy, in the end she just lights a cigarette and lets him burn, saving the entire school in the process. In the last scene, Veronica takes the remaining reigning Heather’s crown from her head — a red scrunchie — and declares “there’s a new sherriff in town,” signifying a new era of respect, kindness, and friendship among her fellow students, especially among girls.

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Author: Em & Lo

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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)