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The Aggressives
The Aggressives
Actors: Marquise Balenciaga, Kisha Batista
Director: Daniel Peddle
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 15min

This striking and illuminating documentary explores and exposes the secret subculture of New York lesbians living as "aggressives." Often mistaken for men, these women range from pretty tomboys to the blatantly butch, bold...  more »


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Actors: Marquise Balenciaga, Kisha Batista
Director: Daniel Peddle
Creator: Yvette Wojciechowski
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Documentary
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 06/20/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Life not a lifestyle
Readers Paradise | Chicago, IL USA | 08/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have seen the Aggresors umm 3 times since Feb 2006. As a femme I enjoyed the movie and finally being able to see the women/womyn I love so much. One thing I don't like about how the movie is being portrayed is this. The aggressors are NOT trying to be men, they happen to embrace the masculine part of their personality over the femme part. My question is this when did men become owners of masculinity?

I enjoyed listening to every persons story in this documentary. I believe to a small degree people who had no clue about aggressors, stone butches, femme aggressors and the plethora of beautiful people we have in the GLBT community will learn something from this film.
Excellent Job!
*Such A Cancer* | Richmond,VA | 11/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In society today we all have labels, but as homosexuals we get called everything in the book, and let the truth be told, the words are not nice...But i thought this documentary was RIGHT ON POINT! I LOVED IT! And i thouht it displayed AG's EXACLTY!!! the way they are HONEST AND REAL!!! Even these AG's were mainly from NY, they are no differet/but yet very different from other AG's, and that is a mental statement/physical statement!!! Anyway....THE DOCUMENTARY IS HOT!!! Curious mind and minds that KNOW should check it out! Hmm...."
Individuals All
M. Castro | 11/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The director spent five years on this documentary and it shows. This is a very honest, direct, non-exploitative view of young New York African-American lesbians of the "butch" or aggressive persuasion whose stories are revealingly poignant. Each of the six females presented in the documentary are extremely different in class, personality, choice of attire (even articulation) but all share the common thread of a lifestyle that is burdensome to some degree. The weight of this burden juxtaposed against the exhilaration of loving the feminine female results in an apparent vulnerability that is captured well by D. Peddle, the director. These young women -- individuals all -- allow us a look into their turbulent lives. It is worth viewing more than once"
Beautifully edited and moving piece!!
Lyrically Blue | Indianapolis, IN USA | 07/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To the outside world, it is hard to understand. A girl, who looks like a boy, who dates girls. This documentary delves into the world of AG's (or Aggressive women). Even within the gay community, AG's are hard to understand. AG's cross so many economic and sociological boundaries, that is hard to strike a balance. As a feminine woman who loves AG's, this documentary shows that an AG is more than about the walk, the talk, and the clothes. This documentary takes a strong look at what their lives are like on a daily basis. The hurt, the pain, the happiness, and the pride are all on display for everyone to see. In the end, this documentary shows that it is not about what you wear, what you look like, what you do, or who you love. It is about who you are and it was refreshing to see that they were proud of it all."