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I Was a Teenage Feminist
A film by Therese Shechter
Canada/US, 2005, 62 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W07914
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.

Therese Shechter is available for speaking engagements. Contact her at info@trixiefilms.com.


Jewish Women's FF, NCJW New York, Best Film
Karachi Int'l F F, Documentary Special Mention

  • Northampton Film Festival
  • Eureka Film Festival
  • National Broadcast on W Network, Canada
  • Ladyfest Brighton Music and Arts Festival
  • St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
  • Femina Int’l Women’s Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival
  • “Her Voice, Her View” Film Festival
  • Jewish Women’s Film Festival
  • Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
  • Laboratorio Immagine Donna di Firenze, Int’l Women’s FF, Florence, Italy
  • Women's Film Festival, Seoul
  • Ladyfest Ottawa Women’s Arts Festival
  • Rdece Zore (Red Dawns) Women’s Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Reel Affirmations Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Washington DC
  • Femmes en Resistance Film Festival
  • Go Girls! at Symphony Space

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    "Makes you laugh, and makes you look at feminism in a new way. It is very well done. Recommended. "
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    “This film is evidence that feminism – whether second wave, third wave or no wave – hasn’t ceased to be a vital, many-hued movement with something to offer women of any age.”
    Bitch Magazine

    “Has the potential to reach a whole new generation…The film speaks their language, rejecting preaching and dogma for clean-headed and entertaining social inquiry- and a healthy dose of irony.”
    Paula Kamen
    Author, “Her Way: Women Redefine the Sexual Revolution”

    “Shechter starts her film by asking ‘where the hell did feminism go?’ Happily, she finds it – and her journey will make any disenchanted potential-Gloria breathe a sigh of relief.”
    Jennifer Baumgardner
    Co-Author of “Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future”

    “Resonates with all generations of feminists.”
    Laura Micham
    Duke University, Sallie Bingham Center On Women’s Lives

    “More proof that feminists do have a sense of humor. Therese has gone ape with us!”
    The Guerilla Girls

    “Like a chick version of Michael Moore’s Roger and Me, but, luckily, there’s no real villain...Unlike the usual politically correct thinkers who ask this question, Shechter is actually interested in the answer, and where it comes from.”
    Debra Pickett
    Chicago Sun Times

    “If you missed the revolution, filmmaker Therese Shechter’s I Was A Teenage Feminist is a refresher course in Feminism 101.”
    Trish Crawford
    Toronto Star

    “Cheerful and straightforward”
    John Doyle
    Television Critic, Toronto Globe and Mail

    “The film’s fresh approach is perfect for those who say, “I’m not a feminist, but...’”
    Alison Piepmeier
    Co-editor of “Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century”

    "Shechter proves that feminism is still available to anyone willing to look past the media’s dismissals."
    Signs Journal of Women in Culture & Society

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