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A Tasting Menu of Female Representation
Several simple guidelines for gauging how well women are presented in media. Bechdel, Mako Mori, Sexy Lamp, Anti-Freeze, Strength is Relative, and Furiosa, and Pizza Night tests.
sexism  media  film  representation  bechdel  bechdeltest  makomori  pacificrim  sexylamp  antifreeze  strengthisrelative  furiosa  madmaxfuryroad  mmfr  pizzanight 
7 weeks ago by djwudi
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RT : Q for everyone at Does your show pass the ? If so let us know so we can promote it!
bechdeltest  edfringe  from twitter
august 2016 by idil
Bechdel Testing Star Trek
Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Fail
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Barely pass – a few quick exchanges between Saavik and Uhura in the first scene of Saavik’s training
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – Fail
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Fail – Uhura talks with a woman passer-by but she isn’t named
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – Fail
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – Debateable – Valeris and Uhura have a conversation but Chekov is also a part of it

Star Trek: Generations – Pass – Lursa and B’Etor talk to each other
Star Trek: First Contact – Pass
Star Trek: Insurrection – Pass – Crusher and Troi talk about how they’re feeling more rejuvenated due to the planet’s strange properties
Star Trek: Nemesis – Fail

Star Trek (2009) – Technically a pass – Uhura and her roommate discuss lab time, but this is happening while Kirk is hiding under the bed watching Uhura changing. So a good example of how passing the test doesn’t make it feminist.
Star Trek: Into Darkness – Fail
startrek  cinema  bechdeltest  sexism  writing  hollywood  sciencefiction 
july 2016 by campylobacter
The Largest Ever Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender: 2,000 scripts, 25,000 actors, 4 million lines
So we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of words spoken by male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever.
hollywood  sexism  disney  inclusivity  writing  bechdeltest 
june 2016 by campylobacter
The Writers, Directors, and Producers who Make Films that Fail the Bechdel Test
This is a story about why Hollywood, and its films, are devoid of women. There’s this thing called the Bechdel Test. It measures just how male-dominated our beloved Netflix nights really are. To pass, films need to satisfy three requirements: via Pocket
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january 2016 by laurajnash
Bechdel Test Movie List
sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. The test was popularized by Alison Bechdel's comic Dykes to Watch Out For, in a 1985 strip called The Rule. For a nice video introduction to the subject please check out The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies on feministfrequency.com.
gender  movies  film  bechdeltest 
october 2015 by maw
Bechdel Test Results Since 1892 - Silk
@carolinebeavon tough call! Here's another on movies and gender:
bechdeltest  gender  movies  dj  silk  sexism 
august 2015 by paulbradshaw
'American Ultra' Isn't Great, But It Reveals What More Movies Need to Do to Be Better
Unfortunately, that same creativity did not also inspire diverse casting — this is a very white ensemble.

Unfortunately, the blend doesn't quite work. Nourizadeh is going for the Quentin Tarantino-esque shock value of a gory, funny movie, but without that master director's skill. As a result, it comes across as amateurish and tonally bizarre. Intense scenes don't feel like they have stakes when the action stops for jokes. The jokes themselves rarely land.

How on earth does a movie that features Britton and Stewart as the dual CIA contacts for Eisenberg's character not have them talk to each other once? These are not tangentially related characters — they are bonded together by the protagonist. Yet somehow, they only talk to men.
bechdeltest  cinema  hollywood  inclusivity  diversity 
august 2015 by campylobacter
Call It the ‘Bechdel-Wallace Test’
The woman who gave her name to the women-in-culture standard would, true to the method, prefer to share the credit.

Bechdel, however, wasn’t the originator of the test. She has long attributed the idea of the Bechdel test to her friend Liz Wallace, who mentioned the standard to her as Bechdel was looking for ideas for Dykes to Watch Out For. (Bechdel also attributes the idea, more broadly, to Virginia Woolf—who, in A Room of One’s Own, remarked, “All these relationships between women, I thought, rapidly recalling the splendid gallery of fictitious women, are too simple”—and that the women of literature, contrary to the living, breathing, complex women of real life, are almost always depicted only “in their relation to men.”)

The Bechdel test, after all, came from the very thing it’s meant to celebrate: two women, talking about something other than men. The test’s current name doesn’t recognize that dialogue, though. It does not, actually, pass the Bechdel test.
bechdeltest  cinema  comic  representation  feminism  intellectualProperty 
august 2015 by campylobacter
The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood’s Exclusion of Women
The total median gross return on investment for a film that passed the Bechdel test was $2.68 for each dollar spent. The total median gross return on investment for films that failed was only $2.45 for each dollar spent. And while this might be a side effect of films with lower budgets tending to have higher returns on investment than films with higher budgets, it’s still a strong indicator that films with women in somewhat prominent roles are performing well.
hollywood  representation  cinema  bechdeltest  statistics  sexism 
august 2015 by campylobacter
The Bechdel test is fine just the way it is
The Bechdel test is far from the end-all, be-all of feminist critique, but to say that because it is not useful for everything it’s therefore not useful for *anything* is the wrong conclusion.
feminism  bechdeltest  representation  avclub 
march 2015 by zozo

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