• Emily Masseth

You've Got Moxie

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

If you haven't already seen the new Netflix Orignal Film, Moxie; this is your sign to go watch it now!

This new iconic feminist teen-movie created by none other than a queen herself, Amy Poehler, demonstrates just how amazing it is when people come together to advocate for others.

It is inspiring to see the young women in Moxie determined to create change for all of the women at their high school. Middle school and high school can be a really tough time in a young women's life. Not only do you have to deal with regular high school problems, you also have to endure the societal expectations of being a woman.

The young women in Moxie are faced with sexism and racism by teachers and other students. During my time in high school, I did not experience this, but that is to say, it did not happen to other students. I was involved in a lot of sports, activities, and clubs, but I was also introverted. I would like to believe I would have been brave enough to speak up just as the young women in Moxie did, but at the time maybe I wouldn’t have in fear of judgment.

The main character, Vivian, is similar in that she is introverted, but she finds a creative way to start improving the environment at her school. Some scenes even brought me to tears because of the movie's message; bringing to light the many problems women of all intersectionalities have to endure in our current society, not to mention in high school. Although, the fair representation of all types of women may be lacking, the attempt is still made.

In the famous words of Meghan Markle, "women don't need to find a voice, they have a voice, and they need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen." Moxie does just that. It is a beautiful thing when people can come together to act on something that is not right and blow up a system of oppression to ignite change.

Have a Happy International Women's Day and go watch Moxie!

photo credit: Netflix

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