I Was A Teenage Feminist

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This film should be a primer for every Women’s Studies student, but it is so wise and lively that you should bring along your fathers, brothers and boyfriends, too.
— St John's International Women's Film Festival



Best Film, Jewish Women's Film Festival, NCJW/NY
Special Mention, Karachi International Film Festival

US | Documentary | 2005 | 62 minutes | Color | English
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Why is it that some young, independent, progressive women in today's society feel uncomfortable identifying with the F-word? Join filmmaker Therese Shechter as she takes a funny, moving and very personal journey into the heart of feminism. Armed with a video camera and an irreverent sense of humor, Shechter talks with feminist superstars, rowdy frat boys, liberated Cosmo girls and Radical Cheerleaders, all in her quest to find out whether feminism can still be a source of personal and political power.

In this enlightening documentary, screened worldwide, Shechter hunts down the answers to questions many women are grappling with about their roles and identities in today’s society: Is feminism dead, hibernating, or trapped below the radar? Have the goals of the ‘70s been accomplished or have feminism’s opponents appropriated and denigrated the movement beyond all recognition? If so, how did this happen? Do you have to be political to be a feminist? And do you even have to be female? With home movies clips of Shechter as a budding feminist, archival materials from old health classes, and music by Ani DiFranco, Lavababy, Gina Young, Moxie Starpark and the legendary Helen Reddy, I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST redefines the F-Word for a new generation.


Film Clips

An animated history of women's (in)equality. Animation by Luke Murphy. 

Media critic Jennifer Pozner discusses FFDS, an alarming epidemic sweeping the nation. 

Media Critic Jennifer Pozner talks about the never-ending supply of feminist stereotypes.

What is the Patriarchy? And why does it suck so bad? Animation by Luke Murphy. 


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  • National Broadcast on W Network, Canada

  • Go Girls! at Symphony Space, New York

  • Laboratorio Immagine Donna di Firenze, Int’l Women’s FF, Florence, Italy

  • Women's Film Festival, Seoul

  • In Other Words, Portland OR

  • Ladyfest Ottawa Women’s Arts Festival, Canada

  • Rdece Zore Women’s Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Reel Affirmations Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Washington DC

  • Femmes en Resistance Film Festival, France

  • Northampton Film Festival, MA

  • Ladyfest Brighton Music and Arts Festival, UK

  • St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Canada

  • Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, CO

  • Femina Int’l Women’s Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Washington Jewish Film Festival, DC

  • Jewish Women’s Film Festival, New York