Feminist Friday at Part Time Monster Tomorrow!

First, check out “Beyond the Bechdel Test,” Sabina’s follow-up to last week’s Feminist Friday post at Victim to Charm.

I’ll have the Feminist Friday post at Part Time Monster tomorrow. It will be a short, to-the-point post about Emma Watson’s UN speech and HeForShe. If you want to get a jump on the discussion, you can view her speech here and read the transcript here.

I’m slowly-but-surely regaining my momentum on the social media. I’m hoping to have a Banned Books Week post before Saturday, but that’s going to depend on my schedule. If you’re looking for some good reading on banned books, I suggest starting with Things Matter. Hannah’s been blogging BBW-related content all week, and doing a fabulous job of it.

Have a great day!

Feminist Friday: How Valuable is the Bechdel Test?

Feminist Fridays are back! This week’s installment is a fine post from Sabina of Victim to Charm that asks some very good questions about the Bechdel test. Check it out if you have a second; I’ll see you over at Victim to Charm this afternoon.

Victim to Charm

Think about the last movie you saw. Were there two or more female characters? Did they talk to each other about something besides men?

The Bechdel test, created by Alison Bechdel, examines female roles in movies by asking three questions:

  • Are there two or more women in the film?
  • Do they talk to each other?
  • Is their conversation about something other than a man?

alison bechdel, dykes to watch out for From Alison Bechdel’s comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” (1985).

The test seems simple—women talk to each other about things besides men all the time in real life—yet a surprisingly high number of movies fail to represent this basic activity.

5540832_origThe test is so basic because it’s a standard that should be easy to pass. The fact that so many movies fail to achieve one, two, or all three of the test’s clauses highlights the rampant misogyny of the film industry. If a movie can’t…

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