It’s Thanksgiving Friday. I’m going out on a limb and guessing you’re not going to the mall today. Apparently a lot of people do that, but I don’t think that’s you. I think you’re probably staying in your pajamas all day, and if you do put on pants, it’ll be because you’re going to a movie.
That’s what this post is about.
There’s a thing I just learned about called The Bechdel
Test. It’s a ridiculously simple way of measuring whether a movie represents
women in any sort of reasonable way. Here’s where I learned about it.
Basically, ask these three questions about any movie (or tv show, I’ve decided.)
- Are there more than two women in it?
- Do they have names?
- Do they talk to each other about
something other than men?
It’s incredible how many movies don’t pass. The last movie I saw was Skyfall, which I’m pretty sure doesn’t. Before that was Argo, which might pass. Before that was Finding Nemo in 3D, which when I think about it doesn’t pass either. Fuck.
(I’ve just decided to create my own movie test. It’s called the Vagina News Movie Test. There’s just one question -does a woman get sexually assaulted in this movie as a mechanism for demonstrating that one of the male characters is a bad guy?
If so, I hate your movie.)