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Rate It X
1986, 93 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99291
What do men really think of women? This provocative, highly acclaimed documentary provides an unflinching look at sexism in America. A series of disturbing though sometimes amusing portraits uncover obvious culprits such as advertising firms and porn shops as well as often overlooked pockets of sexist imagery which promote gender stereotyping and reinforce negative conceptions of women and sexuality. With great humor and compassion, the film reveals men's deeply imbedded attitudes, showing how sexism becomes rationalized through commerce, religion and social values. Hotly controversial upon its release, RATE IT X is a challenging, invaluable film that illuminates crucial issues of censorship, advertising, pornography and violence against women. Produced by Lynn Campbell, Claudette Charbonneau, Paula De Koenigsberg and Lucy Winer.


  • American Film Festival, Red Ribbon
  • Berlin Film Festival
  • US Film Festival

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    "Takes the blinders from our eyes. Not only entertains, it changes us."
    Gloria Steinem

    "Superb. An important contribution to current discussions of feminism, sexuality and media culture."
    Judith Mayne

    "Funny and outrageous, produced with humor, insight and irony."

    "Presents a comic yet insightful portrait of the sexism that still permeates American popular culture."
    Bruce Jenkins
    Walker Art Center

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