The Activist Issue:
Keeping the Flame Alive
Take inspiration from the lives and work of six women whose passion for justice and commitment to their commuiities make the world a better place for all.
- Kitchen Table Candidate: Winona LaDuke
-Speak Truth to Power: Kek Galabru, Wangari Maathai, Senal Sarihan, Maria Teresa Tula
- Street Fighting Woman: Cheri Honkala
- Mementos of a Movement: Memorabilia of the suffragist movement

MS.CELLANEOUS:
-Word: Bush

Honey, Disney Shrunk the Kids
What's in your child's VCR these days? We asked progressive parents and their kids what they watch. The answers might surprise you.
SHE SAYS
Dorothy Roberts talks about reproductive rights in black and white.
YOUR WORK
Women and Venture Capital: Women vie for a place in the world of high-tech venture capital.

Work Notes: Grrl power to Scotland ASAP and more
Editor's Page: Making Mischief

Ms. News

TECHNO.FEM: Digital Divide

Books:
-Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Now?, by Angela Dillard
- Toy Guns, by Lisa Norris
- Boy Still Missing, by John Searles
- Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
- Women and Popular Music, by Sheila Whiteley

-First Person: Give Me Shelter
-Columns: Daisy Hernandez, Patricia Smith and Gloria Steinem
Call for Woman of the Year
Tell us who you think should be recognized in this special issue.

<< back | kid video home | next interview >>

ARIEL GORE
Editor of Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers (Seal Press, 2001); editor of Hip Mama

Movies aimed at school-age kids are often better than those aimed at little kids. What is more obscene than Pocahontas? The racism, the sexism, the worst our culture has to offer is all over cartoon movies! Maia, who is 11, saw The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, and I regret it. We liked Stargate and Contact. The science movies and anthropological mysteries don t contain too much nightmare material. We saw Charlie's Angels twice. It s a great martial-arts movie. Maia saw Chicken Run and loved it. We both saw and loved Antz — I really liked its antityranny, commie theme. I wish the rating system made more sense. The Sixth Sense was PG-13 with all that creepy imagery! And Erin Brockovich was rated R. Why? Because she said fuck ? Because kids shouldnt know that giant corporations don't care whether we live or die? Because Julia Roberts tits were hanging out? Please! It s great when a story has a female heroine: Xena: Warrior Princess, Harriet the Spy, Erin Brockovich. But that's not the most important thing to me. I want to share stories with my daughter in which she learns through the actions of the protagonist how to succeed in life, love and work without hurting anybody.

MAIA JANE SWIFT

Age 11, editor of the zine Inside My Head: Love & Death in 5th Grade (Ariel Gore s daughter)

I like Sleepy Hollow, Austin Powers, and Clueless. I think they're scary, funny, and dumb . . . in that order. The only videos my mom doesn't want me to see are ones that have sexual abuse or really big fights. I don't agree with her. What I see in movies doesn't change me. When I was little, I thought Disney movies like The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas were entertaining. Now I think they are boring and way too perky. Anyway, I was more into Xena and Kung Fu movies at that age. Every single 11-year-old in the country should see Save the Last Dance and Charlie's Angels. They rock! In Charlie's Angels the girls are stronger than the boys!