Feminist Re-Voicing in 'Yours in Sisterhood'

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Abstract

In a scene towards the end of Irene Lusztig’s 2018 documentary Yours in Sisterhood, a woman in Cincinnati, Ohio stands facing the camera as she reads out a letter sent to the first American mainstream feminist magazine Ms.. In the letter, a Ms. reader from 1977 argues that racial divides within the feminist movement must be put aside in order to focus effectively on the crisis of gender. Afterwards, the Cincinnati woman pauses, still looking directly into the camera, until an offscreen voice asks her: “What does it feel like to have those words in your body”? It feels “weird and hard,” she responds, "to be repeating this, because I don’t agree with it.” She describes the experience as “a little bit violent, actually.” Structurally, the scene varies little from others within this slowly unfolding film, all involving similar acts of letter reading, yet small variances speak pointedly about issues of difference, identification and belonging. The exchange in this scene seems to sum up the film’s complex form of address and central encounter with vocal strangeness.
Original languageEnglish
TypeCritical commentary on feminist documentary film 'Yours in Sisterhood' (2018) by Irene Lusztig
Media of outputOnline journal
PublisherJump Cut Associates
Number of pages4
Volume60
ISBN (Electronic)0146-5546
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Feminism
  • Film
  • Revoicing
  • Dubbing
  • Ms. Magazine
  • Feminist historiography
  • Voice
  • Address
  • Gender

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