No doubt about, there’s still a ways to go where female representation in film is concerned, especially the representation of strong, independent, liberated young women. But thankfully, films like Blockers — which tells the story of three parents attempting to stop their forces to be reckoned with for daughters from losing their virginity on prom night — are leading the way.

Speaking with HelloGiggles, Blockers director Kay Cannon revealed why it’s *so important* to feature women, and young women in particular, owning their sexuality right now, in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era.

She added, “Why aren’t we? We make up half of society. Young women, women, we all have the same wants, desires, everything as a man does. We have a voice and we should be heard, and I think this is one way to do it. And we’re doing it through comedy, which makes it even better.”

How so? For Cannon, laughter is a unifier that enables conversation.

“I didn’t want the movie to come off preachy,” she continued. “There are elements in it, but based off of a character’s point of view; like Marcie [Sarayu Blue], for example. But the best way to break down any kind of barriers is to laugh.”

The young, female leads of Blockers — Kathryn Newton (Julie), Geraldine Viswanathan (Kayla), and Gideon Adlon (Sam) — echoed.

They felt similarly about young female representation, and really related to the movie.

Speaking as a young(ish) female, I can wholeheartedly say #same. And I’m sure many others would, too. So, we’re all in agreement, then? Better representation for young women in film? Great! In the meantime, you can show your support for Blockers tomorrow, April 6th, when it lands in theaters.