On The Basis Of Sex (2018)

This biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the feminist Supreme Court Judge who recently passed away, is a timely and fascinating study in miniature of how during the 1960s and 1970s, a process unfolded via the ACLU and spearheaded by Ginsberg that fundamentally transformed American society and lit the rocket of today’s all-consuming identity politics. It was the idea that all laws should be struck down that discriminated ‘on the basis of sex’.

Felicity Jones is excellent as the feisty and tenacious if sour-faced Ginsberg. A fantastic job is done on the production design especially on the fun period details and this is a beautifully made feature altogether. Of course it is textbook PC historiography and anyone opposed to Ginsberg’s revolutionary agenda is presented as unambiguously foolish, outdated or corrupt. But the subject matter is so significant and Ginsberg’s life story so extraordinary that it makes for compelling viewing.

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