Our last Remedy Club—an evening of cocktails, conversations, and catharsis included a conversation between four women champions addressing issues of Power & Access. The event produced quite the ripple effect amongst attendees and our staff in particular. Our own Director of Events, Jess DeNoto, along with her wife, Jules DeNoto, a panelist at last edition’s event, share their feelings about feminism, women on the big screen, and the recent Ghostbusters remake.
This will be the year every girl is a ghostbuster for Halloween.
— Jules DeNoto
Remember when SpiceWorld was considered the breakthrough for all things “Girl Power”?! I don’t know about you, but I didn’t look like a Spice Girl. Listen, Halloween is just over 3 weeks away, and I fully expect a whole new generation of children to be dressing up as Ghostbusters. Seriously, Jules is already ordering the pieces of our costumes.
I have now seen 4 badass women (with different personalities! And hair! And bodies! And no boyfriends or husbands!) wearing proton packs, shooting lasers at ghosts, from their freaking crotches, while the original theme song’s line of “bustin’ makes me feel good” plays in my head. GET IT?! Has any other blockbuster made me smile so hard and laugh so maniacally? Have I ever seen anything in recent history ace the Bechdel test besides Orange is the New Black?! (That’s a rant for another day)
Whether this movie was a commercial success or not, it gave these women the show, and (mostly) gave a misogynist playing field the bird.
Kate McKinnon is utterly dynamite as a brilliant, quirky, oft-flirtatious “Holtzman” (hahaha, get it, a MAN), and Leslie Jones was so damn real (not to mention so New York), seizing the scenes as a part of the new “club”. I haven’t wanted to own an action figure since Scully and that first X-Files movie, which by default, is the good one. And Melissa McCarthy, bless my curves, is smart, funny, beautiful, and despite a bit of physical humor, there is never once a fat joke. She’s even shown buckling a belt! There are no issues—or more importantly, stupid jokes—as she’s fitting into the coveralls!
Look, being a strong woman is no laughing matter, but having a sense of freaking humor as a comedy HERO, without ridiculing oneself or another person or gender is, sadly, remarkable. This movie is heroic, with four strong female forces. Whether this movie was a commercial success or not, it gave these women the show, and (mostly) gave a misogynist playing field the bird. I won’t spoil too much more, but there are so many scenes where men are in distress, or ineffective at saving the day, and YAHOO, symbolism.
Three things gave me a bit of pause
1) While Chris Hemsworth owned the Australian male bimbo secretary and it delivered big laughs and smiles, the point of feminism isn’t reverse sexism… right? Right. 2) The rebooted theme song. The first round hurt my nostalgia, but a few scenes later, I was digging it, as the revamped GB hearse tore through the streets of Manhattan. Did I mention I’m from New York? 3) When you keep the socially-aware lens on (Keep. It. On.), it’s quickly apparent that there are THREE Caucasian women, which seems like much less of a stride when you’re hit with the modern American spectrum.
- Ghostbusters (2016) Review, Feminist Frequency
- Hey, Look, Ghostbusters Didn’t Kill Feminism, The Atlantic
- New All Feminist Ghostbusters is a Punch to the Dick of All Mankind, Jezebel
- Kate McKinnon’s 10 Gayest Ghostbusters Moments, Autostraddle
- They Call this Ghostbusters Remake Feminist. Not for Black Women. The Guardian
As the Hatch staff prepares for the next Remedy Club on November 4th, we are constantly sensitized to the important and sometimes polarizing conversations that have been spreading across our communities and the entire nation this year. Join us to take part in this evening of cocktails, conversations, and catharsis.