Now and again I’m going to indulge myself here and briefly highlight some of my favourite anti-feminist movies. I’ll start with a film that has almost certainly never garnered such an accolade before, but Ghost World is one of those films that make me feel a little bit better about the world after watching it – even allowing me to see young American women as sometimes human and possibly even desirable again.
According to the IMDB, the storyline is as follows :
This is the story of Enid and Rebecca after they finish the high school. Both have problems to be related with people and they spend their time hanging around and bothering creeps. When they met Seymour who is a social outsider who loves to collect old vinyl records, the life of Enid will change forever.
Why does it lift my spirits as an anti-feminist movie? There’s one memorable scene (see YouTube clip below) in which feminists are gently lampooned, but the movie as a whole contains a far more subversive storyline. At the beginning of the film, the two teenage heroines (played by Thora Birch and a young…mmmmm… Scarlett Johansson) set about playing a cruel joke on an aging geeky loner type played by the brilliant Steve Buscemi. It seems like it’s just going to be another crass and rather evil teen movie feeding on everything that’s wrong about American society – in particular ‘girl power’ and the hatred of men, especially older men. Yet by the end (spoiler alert) it has Buscomi banging the barely legal Thora Birch – and a host of charming moments are thrown in between.
Buscemi has recently been lampooning feminism again, in this ‘feminist bookstore’ comedy sketch :
Readers can feel free to suggest any movies that they feel deserve an anti-feminist highlight here.