Bend It Like Megan: Will World Cup Winners Also Become Equality’s Champs in LFG?

Image by Daniel Norin.

LFG is similar in a number of ways to another documentary - FTA, which was made half a century ago. As in the latter, the “F” stands for “fuck” in LFG, too. In the case of the 1972 nonfiction film, the initials stood for Fuck the Army (see: FTA (imdb.com)), while LFG is the acronym for Let’s Fucking Go. Both productions are also protest pictures: FTA chronicled the shows of a troupe of political performers, who entertained GIs at coffeehouses, etc., near military bases, encouraging soldiers to resist the Vietnam War with antiwar skits and songs. On the other hand, LFG documents the struggle of the World Cup-winning U.S. ​women’s national soccer team (USWNT) for gender equity. Furthermore, the leaders of the teams of artists and athletes are inspirational, iconic, larger-than-life women: Jane Fonda in FTA, and Megan Rapinoe in LFG.
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Ed Rampell is a contributor to the new book on America’s former Poet Laureate “Conversations With W.S. Merwin” and co-author of “The Hawaii Movie and Television Book“.

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