Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Makers is a series of full-length documentaries about important women in the United States, ranging from historical figures to politicians to comedians. Depending on the episode, content can vary in appropriateness for younger kids. Some episodes discuss potentially sensitive issues like abortion, birth control pills, domestic violence, and rape as they relate to the women's movement beginning in the 1950s through today. Other episodes, like the one on women in comedy, include some edgy humor about sex, sexuality, and rape, along with plenty of strong language, though the strongest words are muted. Teens mature enough to handle these topics will find an inspirational story told by strong, smart, impressive women. Younger kids might be able to watch clips on key topics on the show's website.
Part 1 discusses happiness in the home broadly, with allusions to sexual satisfaction. Part 2 delves into the sexual revolution, talking about birth control pills and how they changed women's attitudes toward sex. Footage of couples kissing passionately, dancing provocatively. Part 3 talks about sexuality in pop culture, using Madonna and "Like a Virgin" as examples.
Part 3 discusses domestic violence and rape with images of victims and attackers, though brief and non-graphic. Discussions of sex crimes and policies and laws around prosecution. Part 2 talks about abortion and shows intense scuffles between protesters.
Through the voices of famous, influentual, or otherwise important women (and a few men), we hear the challenges, triumphs, and incredibly bravery it took to begin and follow through with the feminist movement. Expressed are the ideas that women deserve equal pay, equal treatment under the law, and equal opportunity for happiness and occupation.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Era-specific images of Gloria Steinem and other women smoking. Virginia Slims was the sponsor of the Battle of the Sexes. Rare images of drinks during social scenes.