Lesbian film: Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007)

There are lots of good things about this film, although I do have one criticism which you will see below. It was created by women for women and it contains lesbian and feminist themes, so it goes on the list of good lesbian films.

The star of the story is Anna, a young lesbian who lacks confidence at the beginning of the film but goes on quite a journey when she meets a group of feminists who are doing illegal activism. When we first meet Anna, she is working at a clinic that does breast implants, her girlfriend has broken up with her, she didn’t get into the college she wanted, and she is rather quiet and unassertive. She runs into a woman, Sadie, who is spray-painting the clinic and Sadie takes a picture of Anna holding the paint can as insurance against Anna telling on her. Then Sadie invites her to a meeting of her feminist group and Anna decides to join. Anna begins learning about feminism as well as falling for Sadie, and her life totally changes. She becomes angry, but more confident, she becomes almost unrecognizable to her family, and she becomes a courageous feminist activist.

One of my favourite things about this film is the soundtrack. It’s full of riot grrrl music which is fitting because of the themes of DIY, punk, and feminist activism in the film. Listening to female punk rock while watching women rebelling against society is very energizing! I find when I watch this film I always end up all excited and wanting to burn down the patriarchy. (Of course, I want to burn down the patriarchy all the time, but you know.) Lots of the music is by Le Tigre, who you should check out if you’re not familiar with them already. Because of this film, I will always hear FYR in my head when I think of feminist activism. And, of course, I also love Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill!

So the criticism I have is that there is ageism in the film. The group of feminists that are in focus are young and energetic but they do mostly punk-style activism: defacing billboards, spray-painting things, yelling at people at protests. They are contrasted with Sadie’s older girlfriend Courtney, who is more mature, has a real job, and works within the system. Courtney is a feminist too but because she is not a young, jobless punk she is portrayed as being stuffy and out-of-date. It’s frustrating to see the disrespect for older women in a feminist film. The young women should see Courtney as a role model and someone who they can work with as a team, not as someone who is inhibiting their progress by being too old-fashioned. In my experience, older feminists are wise, capable, brave, brilliant and badass. They are not at all the way Courtney is portrayed. This element in the film is frustrating and disappointing.

Aside from that, the film is good and I recommend it. Between the excellent riot grrrl soundtrack and the FUCKING AWESOME STUNT they pull at the end, I can’t help loving this film. I own it on DVD but I’m pretty sure it’s on Netflix as well.

Here is the trailer:

 

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2 thoughts on “Lesbian film: Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007)

  1. This movie cracked me up when I watched it (rented it from the video store…lol). Love the music too–it was one fun song after another…Le Tigre, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney.

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