The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023)

The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023)

A phenomenal documentary about a phenomenal sexologist studying female pleasure

The Very Best

8.0

Movie

United States of America
English
Documentary
2023
FEMALE DIRECTOR, NICOLE NEWNHAM
Dakota Johnson, Shere Hite
118 min

TLDR

Never has a documentary made me this furious, Shere Hite deserved better.

What it's about

After publishing the bestselling Hite Report, a series of findings surrounding the female orgasm, Shere Hite rocked America with a new perspective on gender and sexuality.

The take

Feminism has made plenty of strides in multiple areas, but even in the era of free love, talking about sex was difficult, and certain figures were dismissed just because of it. The Disappearance of Shere Hite reexamines the titular forgotten feminist figure that simply focused on the female orgasm, giving a second look at her immediate rise and fall in the American media, and the reasons for her leaving the country. With Dakota Johnson’s soft voice, an excellent selection of archival footage, and Hite’s deeply personal words, the film paints a portrait of a mild-mannered, self-possessed woman, but it also reveals the heartbreakingly repetitive vitriol that affects these open discussions today.

What stands out

After Fifty Shades of Grey, choosing Dakota Johnson to narrate some of Shere Hite’s personal thoughts is an excellent choice considering the similarities between their soft voices and the way they both shifted the discussion of sex in America in their respective works.

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