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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Part Time Monster Weekly Digest – 11/22/13

We spent most of the week trying to drum up support for a Thunderclap to try and get Sam’s fundraising campaign for Rolling with Kings a bump. This post contains links to everything we’ve written about the Thunderclap since it was approved, including instructions to walk you through supporting it in three minutes or less.

Diana kicked off the Whoseries this week with a very nice introduction, and it couldn’t have come at a better time since the 50th anniversary episode will be airing in about 8 hours. She also reviewed Gone Girl.

I concluded my series “Strategic Blogging,” and the full series is available in a category at Part Time Monster. I also published a poem and an update on our project to build a multi-network blog array.

How to write easy-to-follow technical instructions

This is a set of instructions I spent 20 minutes writing and three hours revising last night.  I will discuss the writing process below the fold.

I’ve set up a campaign to get attention for Sam’s movie. Here is what you can do to help. It is easy and will take 5 minutes.

If 100 people support it, a message I have created will be posted on all their pages at once Nov 27 at 1 p.m. Thousands of people could see it.

Steps:

1. Click  this link to Thunderclap.

2. When the “Rolling with Kings” page comes up, find the red “Support with Facebook” button. The page has information about the movie in case you want to read about it before you decide whether to support it.

3. Once you click “Support with Facebook,” you will have the option of entering a message, but you can leave it blank and just click “Support” if you like.

4. You may be asked to enter your username and password. Thunderclap does not save this information. You are only granting permission to post my message once.

That’s it, it’s easy as pie.

The movie is interesting. The group it is about do a lot of work for childrens’ charities and disaster victims. Feel free to share these instructions with anyone who might like to participate.

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