Some Feminist-friendly Finds on Netflix
Commander in Chief
Can you envision the day when the United States of America finally has a female president? If you can’t, Commander in Chief should help. Geena Davis won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as a female president in this series, which unfortunately aired for only one season. Her character faces domestic and international crises that would be expected of any world leader, as well as some uniquely female opportunities to counter sexism.
We often talk about our foremothers who paved the way for women in the workforce by working in factories during World War II, personified by the iconic Rosie the Riveter. Yet, it never even occurred to me to ask, “What the heck does a riveter do?” My unasked question is answered by Bomb Girls, a fictional series set in a Canadian World War II era bomb factory “manned” mostly by women.
Secrets of Mary Magdalene
It is always nice to learn about the few female scripture heroines we have and Secrets of Mary Magdalene goes further and delves into how societal ideas about women have changed our perspective about this important scriptural character over time. Even my eight-year-old daughter was enthralled with this documentary. That surprised me because when I was her age, I used to hate watching Bible-themed movies like the Robe with my mom, even though they were at least dressed up with a fictional storyline. (I appreciate the Robe now that I am an adult and it is also available via Netflix streaming, FYI.) After Secrets of Mary Magdalene was over, she begged for another Bible movie. I found one, but It was more typically man-centric and she almost immediately lost interest and wandered away.
Do you have any recommendations for a feminist in need of some couch potato time?