The Glorias – We All Are Gloria Steinem in Some Way

REVIEW
by Anastasiia Preizner
02.11.2020
"A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle", Gloria Steinem says. But what do we really know about the author of such kind of words that have been spread all around the world for the last decades? If you have no answer to this question, watch The Glorias (2020) and learn more about the history of feminism.
The film, directed by Julie Taymor, is based on the real story of a journalist and writer Gloria Steinem which is told by herself in the book "My life on the road". During the whole movie we are watching how a woman struggles with gender discrimination. Being an intelligent, well-educated person, Gloria has an interesting biography the strangeness of which is noticeable even in childhood. Her father was sure that traveling is the best kind of education and that is why the Steinem family lived and roamed in the trailer from which they were selling antiques. Before Gloria was born, her mother, who was 34 years old at the time, had a nervous breakdown that left her disabled. Steinem concluded that her mother's inability to find a long-term job indicated hostility toward working women who lacked social and political equality. To deal somehow with this situation, Gloria took some measures.








At first, she tried to highlight important social issues in different newspapers, but because of the fact that she was a girl, other male journalists did not take her seriously and gave her assignments to write articles about fashion, tips on how to behave on dates and other similar things. After that, Gloria realized that it was necessary to act radically and began to take an active part in various rallies to support equality between men and women. Over time, having achieved some success, together with like-minded people she created their own magazine «Ms» where they published provocative articles covering gender discrimination. Nowadays Gloria Steinem is considered to be one of the most famous leaders of this social movement.


The Glorias is constructed in such a way that we watch the dialogue between a little girl, a teenager, a young woman and an elderly lady sitting in a bus. All of them, appearing before us in a black-and-white picture, are Gloria at different periods of her life. The main plot of the film, which, by the way, is colored, is constantly interrupted by Gloria's thoughts and pieces of advice that she gives herself. At first, it may seem that this name of the movie is due to the fact that the audience sees several Glorias that flash throughout the story. However, the viewer gradually begins to understand that Glorias are not just representatives of different ages of one woman. The Glorias are all women of different ages, genders and races who suffer from injustice and come together to fight for their rights. To show how deeply they experience social problems and suffer from being considered just "sexual objects", the director uses special effects that sometimes cause a smile or even fear.
During the movie we are able to see how important it is to pay attention to social inequality that makes people be dependent on others even when they do not really realize this. And Gloria Steinem is one of the persons who prefer not to write about how to behave on dates to be liked by a man but tries to change the system in our heads where a woman is considered to be just a servant for a man. So, the question is, if a fish really needs such kind of bicycle or not.
 
The Glorias – We All Are Gloria Steinem in Some Way

REVIEW
by Anastasiia Preizner
02.11.2020
«A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle,» Gloria Steinem says. But what do we really know about the author of such kind of words that have been spread all around the world for the last decades? If you have no answer to this question, watch The Glorias (2020) and learn more about the history of feminism.
The film, directed by Julie Taymor, is based on the real story of a journalist and writer Gloria Steinem which is told by herself in the book «My life on the road». During the whole movie we are watching how a woman struggles with gender discrimination. Being an intelligent, well-educated person, Gloria has an interesting biography the strangeness of which is noticeable even in childhood. Her father was sure that traveling is the best kind of education and that is why the Steinem family lived and roamed in the trailer from which they were selling antiques. Before Gloria was born, her mother, who was 34 years old at the time, had a nervous breakdown that left her disabled. Steinem concluded that her mother's inability to find a long-term job indicated hostility toward working women who lacked social and political equality. To deal somehow with this situation, Gloria took some measures.
At first, she tried to highlight important social issues in different newspapers, but because of the fact that she was a girl, other male journalists did not take her seriously and gave her assignments to write articles about fashion, tips on how to behave on dates and other similar things. After that, Gloria realized that it was necessary to act radically and began to take an active part in various rallies to support equality between men and women. Over time, having achieved some success, together with like-minded people she created their own magazine «Ms» where they published provocative articles covering gender discrimination. Nowadays Gloria Steinem is considered to be one of the most famous leaders of this social movement.

The Glorias is constructed in such a way that we watch the dialogue between a little girl, a teenager, a young woman and an elderly lady sitting in a bus. All of them, appearing before us in a black-and-white picture, are Gloria at different periods of her life. The main plot of the film, which, by the way, is colored, is constantly interrupted by Gloria's thoughts and pieces of advice that she gives herself. At first, it may seem that this name of the movie is due to the fact that the audience sees several Glorias that flash throughout the story. However, the viewer gradually begins to understand that Glorias are not just representatives of different ages of one woman. The Glorias are all women of different ages, genders and races who suffer from injustice and come together to fight for their rights. To show how deeply they experience social problems and suffer from being considered just "sexual objects", the director uses special effects that sometimes cause a smile or even fear.
During the movie we are able to see how important it is to pay attention to social inequality that makes people be dependent on others even when they do not really realize this. And Gloria Steinem is one of the persons who prefer not to write about how to behave on dates to be liked by a man but tries to change the system in our heads where a woman is considered to be just a servant for a man. So, the question is, if a fish really needs such kind of bicycle or not.
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