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A Man's Woman

Laura Kipnis

1988 00:52:53 United StatesEnglishColor4:3


This fictional docudrama—based in part on the careers of Anita Bryant, Phyllis Schlafly, and Marabel Morgan—covers the fictitious assassination of Clovis Kingsley, a powerful, pro-family, anti-feminist ideologue, and fictional author of The Power of Total Submission. The narrative is reconstructed in fractured and contradictory flashbacks by those who knew her best and liked her least. The tape travels beyond the faux biography to suggest that the logic of anti-feminism is a strategy of the disempowered. Ostensibly treating the rise of 80s anti-feminism, the main issue of A Man’s Woman is the difficulty of constructing feminism as a mass political movement.

About Laura Kipnis

Chicago-based videomaker and cultural critic Laura Kipnis’ work is richly informed by her post-Marxist, post-structuralist, post-feminist, post-everything sense of humor. Her often irreverent tapes form piercing analyses of contemporary debates with an unpretentious feminist slant. Her books include Bound and Gagged: The Politics of Fantasy in America (1996) and Against Love: A Polemic (2003). Kipnis is on faculty in Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University.