How many of you have heard of the Bechdel Test? Raise your hands. You in the back, no? Okay, how about if I describe it? The Bechdel Test is a kind of unofficial feminist thing with movies. In order to pass, the movie has to have two females characters who have a conversation at some point in the movie about something other than a guy. Preferably these two characters also have names.
It's amazing how few movies pass this test, and it's a good talking piece to think about how sexism is still rampant in the movie/arts world. For a list of movies and their pass/fail status, check out this site. And then think about how many movies would pass if it were reversed, men talking to each other about something besides a girl.
This post is a quicky, but I just thought I'd bring it up, because I think it's a really interesting thing. I think less books than movies would fail it, but that would be interesting to look at as well. More importantly, it tells us that we still need to be aware of prejudices and their effect on the arts: sexism, racism, ableism, and more.
I'd like to start a conversation on this, so please give me your thoughts. Why is sexism still a big problem in the arts? How does all of this apply to books? How does your favorite movie rank on this test? Do you think it's even a good idea to put movies to the Bechdel Test?
Thanks for your contributions, and I hope to see you next time for some book recommendations!
In other news before I go, I saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 (which does pass this test) on premiere night, and I'm still mildly traumatized. Trigger warning in terms of abuse/assault/etc! But it's really good overall. as for NaNoWriMo, I can tell you that this is the weirdest book I've ever written in my life, which I guess is good, because it makes up for the fact that it's a contemporary novel instead of fantasy. Haha, good luck to those of you still working on NaNo right along with me! I'll see you next time.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. More than anything, stories are my life.
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