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Facets Teach-In

Our Teach-In series uses film to create awareness about significant contemporary issues and provoke dialogue and discussion. They are held twice a month and are free-of-charge, although a donation will be requested.

September 11, 2017

The Fembot Mystique
The Stepford Wives

with Helen Thompson, Professor of English and Gender Studies,
Northwestern University

Film still: The Stepford Wives


"One of the most disturbing stories written out of the burgeoning women's liberation movement"
  —The Guardian

In the original adaptation of Ira Levin's novel The Stepford Wives, Joanna (Katharine Ross) moves with husband Walter (Peter Masterson) to the "ideal" suburban community of Stepford, CT. Joanna soon deduces, however, that something is rotten in Stepford. Rather than joining the popular consciousness raising groups of the day, most of Stepford's wives band together only to grocery shop, decorate their homes and discuss how they might better serve their husbands. Joanna launches a covert investigation with feminist-leaning pals Bobbie (Paula Prentiss) and Charmaine (Tina Louise) and discovers that Stepford's husbands have conspired with male scientists to replace their wives with computerized android duplicates who exist only to comply and conform.

Directed by Bryan Forbes, 1975, USA, 115 min.

Post-screening discussion will be led by Helen Thompson (Ph.D. Duke, English; M.A. Johns Hopkins, The Writing Seminars; B.A. Amherst College, English and Chemistry), a Professor of eighteenth-century British literature, philosophy, and the history of science at Northwestern University. She is an affiliate of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, where she teaches feminist theory and second-wave feminism.


  • Monday, September 11 at 6:30 pm

FREE admission!
Donations are requested.


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