Have you seen Moxie on Netflix? Bring on the revolution.
As women we often know that we are being treated unfairly. We shrug it off, maybe use a few choice swear words amongst our friends and then we move on. The truth is that if we made a big deal out of every time we were belittled, undermined or patronised, we wouldn’t have any time left for ourselves.
Moxie is a refreshing reminder that just because it happens a lot doesn’t make it acceptable. As professionals, mothers, friends, badasses, we are busy and we brush things off. But we shouldn’t have to. That’s the message of Moxie.
The story takes place in an American High School. The protagonist is your typical every day just-trying-to-make-it-through-High-School shy girl and you’d be forgiven for thinking the movie will play out like any teen drama. Instead, we see a girl who is seeing injustice all around her, from harassment to unequal opportunities, and she can’t keep doing nothing.
The movie is visually a little cheesy and definitely plants itself in the teen category. In a way, I think that’s exactly what we need at the moment; movies that normalise young women being feisty and standing up for themselves. It’s a simple story but it hits the mark and does a great job of also presenting male feminist activism as sexy and desirable.
At the very least the movie raises awareness of the microaggressions that women experience every day. At most, it is inspiring. Aren’t you sick of being talked over? Over explained to? It’s feminism at it’s most fundamental… STOP TREATING WOMEN LIKE THEY ARE LESS THAN MEN.
Every year we hear “It’s [insert year], I can’t believe we are still fighting for this.” Well, it is nearly 100 years since women gained the same voting rights in the UK as men and yet we’re still not equal. I couldn’t count the number of times I have been talked over in important meetings, dismissed, or even recently told to “put [my] big girl pants on”.
There has been progress and that comes from the incredible women and supporters who have made that possible. But there is definitely more to do. Why is there still a gender pay gap of 10%? Why do men still outnumber women 2:1 in British parliament? Why are women still responsible for the majority of childcare and domestic workload? According to a recent study, only 10 countries worldwide have equal rights for men and women. It’s enough to make you want to scream.
So, there is still work to be done but I think we are up to the task. Every day we fight oppression by achieving and thriving. We stand up for women not just with our words, but with our actions. We vote, we work and we live strong and proud. We’ve got moxie!