Moxie

Moxie

a number of the other moxie girls like lucy, cj, and especially claudia would've made for far more effective protagonists/povs, but i guess vivian being at the center still made sense and the movie was able to illustrate that sometimes "leaders" have their own blind spots and shortcomings, including a lesson on white privilege that was pretty satisfying to watch.

i got my "feminist awakening" reading an issue of bust magazine that, coincidentally, featured a quote from amy poehler that helped convince me it was "simple." i was a teenager then and i've had a lot of time to grow, and learn, and change the way i think about feminism and the issues i care about since. it's definitely not as simple as radical or intersectional feminism as i knew it had led me to believe, and sometimes moxie has these moments where i wonder if it's sincere in its message, or i'm just getting another co-opted white feminist phrase regurgitated back to me.

but it does have moments of honest, brave subversion, and i know it could help young people not only see themselves on screen, but also realize the ways they can begin to affect change and challenge systems.

also: i love all the cool girls in this movie but especially lauren tsai!!!!!!!! (of course)