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Film Clips: Body and Health

Who defines what is beautiful? What is the media’s role?

Excerpt from “Cover Girl Culture: Awakening the Media Generation,” a film by Nicole Clark. (Running time 12:16) Used with permission. The complete film is available from Zen Pen Films. More resources are available in Nicole Clark's Clever Girl Workshops.

Perfect measurements? Is a woman an object to be measured or a person to be valued?

Excerpt from "Miss America," a film by Lisa Ades. (Running time 1:29) Used with permission. The complete film is available from Women Make Movies.

Nancy Hawley reminds us that in the early 1970s, “there were no books written by women about women’s sexual experience.”

Excerpt from “A Moment in Her Story: Stories from the Boston Women’s Movement,” a film by Catherine Russo. (Running time 2:29) Used with permission. The complete film is available from Catherine Russo Documentaries.

Going to jail for providing contraceptives to married women? Margaret Sanger believed that birth control was the key to women’s personal freedom.

Excerpt from “Margaret Sanger: A Public Nuisance,” a film by Terese Svoboda and Steve Bull. (Running time 5:36) Used with permission. The complete film is available from Women Make Movies.

Who should be allowed to buy contraceptives? Meet the pioneering lawyer who won the landmark Supreme Court case protecting the right to privacy.

Excerpt from "Catherine Roraback Tribute," a film by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. (Running time 5:56) Used with permission.

How did the battle for sex education in her high school turn Shelby Knox into a powerful advocate for the LGBTQ community?

Excerpt from “The Education of Shelby Knox,” a film by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt. (Running time 14:17) Used with permission. The complete film is available from Women Make Movies.

Hiding her sexuality nearly killed country singing star Chely Wright. Coming out saved her life, though she acknowledged it would diminish her wage earning.

Trailer from "Chely Wright: Wish Me Away," a film by Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf. (Running time 2:17) Used with permission. The complete film is available from First Run Features. Review, American Society of Cinematographers. Review, The Feminist Spectator.

What crucial strategy did Vermont’s Freedom to Marry Task Force adopt to win broad support for marriage equality?

Excerpt from “The State of Marriage,” a film by Jeff Kaufman. (Running time 1:50) Used with permission. The complete film is available from Floating World Pictures.

The answer is no: Sex does not sell sports. The real question is: when will women’s sports get the same kind of media coverage that men’s sports get?

Excerpt from “Media Coverage and Female Athletes,” a film by the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, and tptMN. (Running time 16:13) Used with permission. This clip features the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx — Champions in 2011 and 2013.

How did the Yale women’s rowing team protest the lack of equal facilities — a violation of Title IX?

Excerpt from “A Hero For Daisy,” a film by Mary Mazzio. (Running time 3:12) Used with permission. The complete film is available from 50 Eggs, Inc.

In the rancorous debate over abortion rights after Roe v. Wade, the battle escalated into violence including numerous acts of arson.

Excerpt from “Passing the Torch,” a film by Carol King. (Running time 4:07) Used with permission. The complete film is available from King Rose Archives. For more information, visit Veteran Feminists of America.

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1971 The Click! Moment

The idea of the “Click! moment” was coined by Jane O’Reilly. “The women in the group looked at her, looked at each other, and ... click! A moment of truth. The shock of recognition. Instant sisterhood... Those clicks are coming faster and faster. They were nearly audible last summer, which was a very angry summer for American women. Not redneck-angry from screaming because we are so frustrated and unfulfilled-angry, but clicking-things-into-place-angry, because we have suddenly and shockingly perceived the basic disorder in what has been believed to be the natural order of things.” Article, “The Housewife's Moment of Truth,” published in the first issue of Ms. Magazine and in New York Magazine. Republished in The Girl I Left Behind, by Jane O'Reilly (Macmillan, 1980). Jane O'Reilly papers, Schlesinger Library.