Cinema Bomar: Careers for Women

Cinema Bomar’s latest vintage filmstrips encourage women to find a career path…that stops at the secretary’s desk. The local 16mm film collective is loading its projector with four pre-women’s-lib messages that ladies can laugh at now that sexism in the workplace has been abolished. (Right?)

Careers for Women is a 1949 strip with suggestions on where to find work now that the men are back from World War II. Help Wanted, Secretary is a badly acted instruction on how to find work under a man — we mean clerical work, dudes. (Read: no Maggie Gyllenhaal.) In Kissing “The Girls” Goodbye, middle-managing men learn it’s not Rosie the Riveter who’s coming for their secretaries — it’s the do-it-yourself danger of word processing. Your Job: You and Your Boss teaches ladies that hard work, a nice smile and good attitude won’t get them that promotion, but might earn them some new desk accessories. Prepare to roll your eyes and roll on the floor when chauvinism takes a turn in the spotlight at 8:30 p.m. Domy, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit Free.

Tue., Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m., 2009


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