Who is Christine Delphy?
« Delphy is France’s most exciting feminist writer » – Simone de Beauvoir Christine Delphy (born 1941) is a French sociologist, feminist, writer and theorist. She was a co-founder of the review Questions féministes (Feminist Questions) with Simone de Beauvoir in 1977. Her new book, Separate and Dominate, was published by Verso. More…
I’m not a feminist, but… (2015, 52 min)
Appearing on French television with Simone de Beauvoir in 1985, Christine Delphy recalled a time when « I began every sentence with, ‘I’m not a feminist, but…' »–reluctant to invoke a stigmatized term, yet nevertheless daring to express a desire for equality. This intimate documentary portrait traces Delphy’s growth into a major leader of French feminism: from childhood awareness of inequality and her work in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, to her roles as a co-founder of the Women’s Liberation Movement (MLF) in France and as one of feminism’s leading theorists, the pioneer of material feminism. Through archival footage and interviews with sociologist and feminist activist Sylvie Tissot, JE NE SUIS PAS FEMINISTE, MAIS… documents Delphy’s role in past and present struggles for the rights of women.
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Two-DVD box set with English subtitles, previously unseen rushes, bonus segments and an additional documentary, Christine Delphy from A to Z (2015, 220 min). A to Z is organized by letters: B (Simone de Beauvoir, with whom she worked closely), G (Gender, a concept she helped elaborate), or P (Pharmacists, the profession of Christine’s parents), developing a sense of the interplay between the personal and the political. Six hours of film!
Interview of the filmmakers
Clip: Christine Delphy, Kate Millett and Monique Wittig