A Man's Woman

Laura Kipnis

1988, 52:00 minutes, colour, English


Clovis Kingsley, powerful, pro-family, anti-feminist ideologue and author of The Power of Total Submission, has been assassinated during a testimonial dinner. A TV news reporter is assigned to uncover the story of Kingsley's life, which is reconstructed in fractured and contradictory flashbacks by those who knew her - her family and followers, her hairdresser, the maid. The manifest subject of A Man's Woman is the formation of political identity: how is it that Phyllis Schlafly grew up to be Phyllis Schlafly when she could have been Betty Friedan?

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