“Since the dawn of time, women have battled the evil forces of sexism,” a new video from feminist writer and New York Times columnist Jessica Bennett begins, with text rolling up the screen. “Culminating in the Glorian revolution of the 1970s, when brave feminist fighters defeated the evil patriarchy once and for all.”
“…Or so they thought.”
The working women in the trailer for Bennett’s new book, Feminist Fight Club, are taking on the ultimate evil opponent — patriarchy — and instead of fighting each other, the women employ tools to smash sexism and make a more inclusive workplace. The Mortal Kombat-inspired five-minute clip shows office scenarios that modern women often face with male colleagues, like The Manterrupter (whose “attack method” is interrupting female colleagues – threat level 5!) or The Mad Man (known for treating women in the office like his personal secretary – a dastardly threat level 7), combatted with weapons like “throw to a bro,” in which the latter scenario is passed along to a man who is also capable of getting those secretarial duties done.
Starring Ilana Glazer of Broad City fame — who defeats the video game round-for-round before shouting, “Feminism!” — the clip, directed by comedy writer and Makers producer Amanda McCall, serves as a supplement for Bennett’s upcoming manual-slash-manifesto for young working women. Feminist Fight Club is “a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women” and is slated for a September release.
Watch the video at Makers.