When you watch the trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, you get a sense of what you’re in for in the new Netflix series: a dark baptism, an exorcism, a coven of witches, and a lot of eerie rituals. What you don’t overtly see is just how feminist the show is in both big and small ways. But the second you start watching the series, you’ll notice it right away.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the feminist show we need right now. The girl power isn’t forced or overdone; it just comes naturally in the dialogue, storylines, and character development. Sabrina uses her words, and they’re incredibly powerful. At school, she starts a club for women to band together and talk about feminism: “Women protecting women. Sort of like a coven.” She tells The Weird Sisters that she doesn’t see them as her enemies: “We have no reason to hate each other.” And she tells the witching community that she refuses to give up control of her body: “My name is Sabrina Spellman, and I will not sign it away.”
This new incarnation of Sabrina fights to read banned books and forges her own path. At every turn, she questions traditional ways and always wants to know: Do I have a choice in the matter? And her friends are the same way. It’s refreshing to see young women with the language to defend their bodies and their choices.
We spoke with Kiernan Shipka, a.k.a. Sabrina Spellman herself, about the feminist message of the show and how a team of women helped bring it to life.
Shipka reiterated that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t a feminist show just to be a feminist show.
In fact, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has plenty of women behind the camera.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premieres on Netflix on October 26th.