Genderations: A New Documentary Proves Labels Suck

Genderations: A New Documentary Proves Labels Suck

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Over the course of  7 months, 30 year old Britt McClintock and their business partner Melissa Murray set out on a personal journey to make a film about gender. They set up, somewhat informal interviews in hopes to discuss our society’s strict gender binary in and how it effects others.  Brit states, We didn’t really want to push our personal views, but instead see if anyone has struggled the same way Melissa and I did (and continue to) throughout their lives.

This journey gave birth to a dynamic documentary called Genderations. The Documentary has been recently accepted into the Boise Treefort Film Fest and will air Thursday March 24th. We caught up with Brit in LA to discuss the film and bring you the Genderations trailer.

Boi(s): Britt, for all the people out there that don’t know Britt, can you explain Gender Binary?

Britt: I can try… haha. When you start talking about the gender binary it’s helpful to make the distinction between sex and gender (which is something people often view as the same thing). My general feel is that gender is a social construct, as where sex is what (“the parts”) you are born with. Because gender is how we identify it might not always match the sex we were assigned at birth.The gender binary is the classification of sex and gender into two very specific categories. It’s essentially a system put in place to make things “easier” for the general public. Dividing things by male and female.

‪…And we do this with everything in our society. We classify clothing, haircuts, and even emotions into male and female categories.

Boi(s): So to make this clear, when we say someone hits like a girl, or that boys play with trucks and girls play with dolls, that is a result of the gender binary?

Britt: Exactly! And those types of sayings can be degrading and hurtful.

Boi(s): So why was it important to make a film about the gender binary and how have you and Melissa struggled with this concept?

Britt: Well, on a personal level it was important to make a film about the gender binary just to express how we’ve been feeling for so many years. But as we started interviewing people (mainly the youth) we realized that we are not alone in our struggles. We also realized that starting an important conversation about gender opens the door to so many other important and difficult topics. I think now that we are finished and people are starting to see the film we both think gender is something that needs to be taught in schools…‪Basically, no one truly fits perfectly into one category. We are complex beings. And we need to recognize that the gender binary doesn’t truly represent all of us…

For example, I am a woman. I identify as a woman, but if you saw me on the street you might question that because I dress in men’s clothing and I wear my hair short. Society has told us that nothing about the way I dress is womanly. It confuses people. Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania people just didn’t really understand me. No one was telling me that short hair on a woman could be beautiful. Or that not wearing make-up still meant I looked beautiful. That is why we started making this film. It was important to give a voice to some of those woman who don’t feel like they are perfect and beautiful. There is this new generation of youth trying to break through and explore gender more fluidly than Melissa and I did growing up.

Boi(s): So what should we expect to see in this film?

Britt: We tried to talk to a variety of people. Straight, gay, transgender, young, old… people who fit perfectly into the gender binary and people who didn’t. ‪It’s funny and touching and it makes you think. We had fun making it, and I think people will see that. I can’t really say what people will think. Our hope is that people start talking. ‪I think the big take away is for people who know nothing about gender. This film is a great introduction.

It premieres on March 24th at Treefort Music Fest’s Filmfort. Besides that we don’t plan to release it to the public until May. Our hope is to take the film “on tour”. We would like to go to universities around the country and do a Q&A/roundtable discussion after each viewing.

 

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