Category Archives: Amy’s MOW

On alternating weeks, Amy will review individual films through a feminist lens.

When I was in high school, I discovered an essay in an anthology of short stories entitled The Ambivalence of Abortion. The writer of the piece was a journalist who was describing her decision to have an abortion. She was married with children when she learned that she was again pregnant. She and her husband […]

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There’s a scene in the film CABARET where Sally Bowles visits the home of Natalia, a wealthy girlfriend seeking relationship advice. Natalia is distraught, confused, and desperately needs the expertise of her worldly and sexually adventurous friend. Natalia is dating a young man and feels shame over her desire for him and their sexual encounter: […]

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What happens to women who need abortions but live in a country where it’s illegal, prosecuted as a criminal offense and therefore nearly impossible to obtain? This harrowing predicament is the premise for the recently released film HAPPENING, a story set in France in 1963 but could very well be set in the United States […]

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