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I Was a Teenage Feminist

Distributed by Women Make Movies, 462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013; 212-925-0606
Produced by Barbara Barde
Directed by Therese Shechter
DVD, color, 62 min.
Sr. High - Adult
Women's Studies, Political Science, Gender Studies

Reviewed by Barbara A. Butler, Director of Library Service, Tolland Public Library, Tolland, CT

Date Entered: 2/16/2007

We all know what the“F”word means; don’t we? Has feminism become a dirty word? In Therese Shechter’s documentary film, I Was a Teenage Feminist, she attempts to find out what happened to feminism and why so many of today’s young educated women do not identify themselves as feminists. Using archival footage, home movies of her growing up in a suburb of Toronto, and her own current video footage, Shechter explains why she identified with the feminist movement as a teenager, why she is so conflicted with what feminism is for her today, and what other women and men think feminism is. The film is funny, bold, makes you laugh, and makes you look at feminism in a new way. It is very well done.

The audio and video qualities of this DVD are very good. A study guide and related links are available on the Women Make Movies web site.


  • Documentary Special Mention, Karachi International Film Festival
  • Best Film, New York Jewish Women’s Film Festival