I sort of analyze it a bit under the cut, so if you haven’t seen it I wouldn’t read this until you see it (which you should). So yeah it was really really good go see Hysteria.
So even though I literally just got out of Brave, I want to post more about Hysteria.
I think this is gonna end up being one of the most under-appreciated movies of the season.
So the movie is essentially about the invention of the vibrator and the script is full of double entendres and it’s really fucking hilarious
But it’s also chalk full of feminist themes! Like that’s not something I’m normally on the look-out for, but it was very clear without being overbearing!
I loved the exploration of the late-nineteenth century woman, and how it acknowledged the women who were progressive and the women who were not. They used the male characters to help set up the social stigmas and constructs of the nineteenth century, but ALSO used the males to tear them down! It put characters of both sexes on a platform of equal importance to the plot.
On top of all that it had absolutely no issue showing a woman being pleasured. Of course everyone giggled at it because it was presented comically usually and also we’re not used to seeing a woman be pleasured in movies (come on, media!), but no one in the (rather small) audience seemed to be rendered uncomfortable by it!
Seeing that movie just made me very very happy and I hope more movies come out that treat feminism similarly. It presented feminist themes in a comical and reasonable way, and I think that’s very respectable! Perhaps soon we’ll be able to have similar comedies about the rest of the gender spectrum.