Feminist Flix: You And Your Girl Gang Will Love ‘Itty Bitty Titty Committee’

Plenty of movies out there have underlying feminist themes, but few are as in your face about it as 2007’s Itty Bitty Titty Committee. Directed by Jamie Babbit (But I’m A Cheerleader), the film follows Anna (played by Melonie Diaz), a young Latina lesbian trying to figure things out after being dumped by her girlfriend and rejected by her college of choice. She ends up meeting Sadie, a spunky feminist who introduces Anna to her radical feminist collective: C(i)A or Clits in Actionthe grrrl gang you only wish you were a part of.

Sadie in Itty Bitty Titty Committee

So What’s It About?

Anna finds inspiration in the group, who use public art and vandalism as their go-to form of activism. Here, we meet Shulamith, the well-read sex-positive feminist of the bunch (named after and inspired by radical feminist philosopher Shulamith Firestone. FYI, she wrote The Dialectic of Sex and believed in the abolition of gender roles). There’s also Meat, the collective’s resident artist played by Deak Evgenikos. And of course, Aggie, the only trans man in the group, played by pro skater Lauren Mollica.

There’s more to it all, of course. There’s the pressure from Anna’s family and co-workers as she begins to awaken to the realities of the patriarchy and systems of oppression. Anna works for a plastic surgeon specializing in boob jobs, which causes Anna a lot of internal conflict. And her sister is about to get married–just as Anna begins to believe that marriage is simply a tool of the patriarchy.

Clits in Action in Itty Bitty Titty Committee

There’s also the complicated romance between Anna and Sadie (the latter of whom is involved with an older feminist activist, Courtney), complicated further by additional hook ups that help the plot along.

And of course, the C(i)A’s main mission of smashing the patriarchy, via:

Writing zines, leaving signs about child labor in the racks at department stores, switching up the gender signs at public restrooms, creating elaborate puppets to display feminist messages, and of course, good ol’ graffiti.

The gang also attend a gay marriage protest and come up with a truly elaborate scheme involving none other than the Washington Monument–America’s greatest phallic symbol.

Anna in Itty Bitty Titty Committee

Why Else Is It Awesome?

It’s not exactly the type of film that haunts you for life, but it really is a great and fun flick (and we need more of those, especially when they’re rooted in feminism). The soundtrack is undoubtedly excellent (Bikini Kill, Heavens to Betsy, Peaches, and Le Tigre dominate the score), especially for anyone who’s ever been into the riot grrrl scene. The references to feminist and anarchist thought leaders like Angela Davis and Emma Goldman are inspiring (seriously, when did you last hear either of those names in a movie or on TV?) The cast, while pretty white, is still diverse (Aggie is a trans man, Anna is latinx, and most of the cast is queer in some way). In short, it’s the queer feminist activist movie of your dreams.

When this film was released ten years ago, it was just a year shy of the supposed start of Fourth Wave Feminism. Beyonce had yet to perform with the word FEMINIST lit up behind her on stage. Wendy Davis wasn’t widely known yet for her 11-hour filibuster on reproductive choice. Jessica Valenti was just starting to write books. Roxane Gay’s quintessential Bad Feminist wouldn’t be released for another seven years. Now, feminism is popping up as evidenced by things like the Women’s March this past January.

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In short, if you’re relatively new to feminism, you’re going to want to watch this movie. And if you’ve been around the scene for a while but missed this one, you should play this for your next grrrl gang movie night. Basically, it’s a feel-good coming-of-age feminist riot that’ll make you want to go fight misogyny with your best friends.

And finally, if this still hasn’t convinced you to watch the movie, maybe this will: Itty Bitty Titty Committee was produced by POWER UP, a non-profit that promotes gay women in entertainment. And, the antics of the C(i)A were inspired by the infamous, artistic activism of NYC’s Guerrilla Girls feminist collective. Amazing? You bet.

Why You And Your Girl Gang Need To Watch 'Itty Bitty Titty Committee'

Great! Where Can I Watch It?

Sadly, Itty Bitty Titty Committee is not currently streaming on any of the usual services. However, you CAN purchase a copy on Amazon for relatively cheap. Maybe you and your girl gang can pool some cash together and buy one for your group!

And if you’re on the fence, just check out the trailer below and let me know what you think:

All images courtesy of Power Up Films

1 Comment

  • I have a list of movies I want to see (having trouble finding the time to watch them all), but I’ll definitely be adding this one to the list. While I love thought-provoking movies, it’s always nice when they include a bit of fun and entertainment 🙂 It makes them more fun to watch with friends too! Thanks for the suggestion.

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