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Thanks to this site, it’s getting easier to find out whether or not movies pass the Bechdel test. If you’re not familiar with it already, the test simply asks whether a movie has two female characters who talk to each other at least once about something other than a man. Sounds simple, right? You’d be surprised how many of your favorites fail (A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone, Rudolph…) But in the Christmas spirit, let’s focus on ... Read More
As gaming enthusiasts can attest, the video game industry hasn't been very welcoming for women, and the way women are often depicted in games can be problematic. The Boston Globe reports on the atmosphere for women in gaming stating, "The billion dollar video game industry is growing quickly with the explosion of mobile gaming, but... Female game characters are hyper sexualized, and female workers are frequently subjected to unequal treatment, harassment, and ... Read More
We are super psyched for one of our favorite feminist-graphic-artist-memoirists, Alison Bechdel, who, we just found out, is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. That means that Bechdel now has $625,000 to use for snacks while writing and drawing about the complexities of queer lifestyles and histories. We look forward to seeing what kind of creativity that amount of snacks can produce. If I only had that much money for cashews... Each year, based on a kind of mysterious ... Read More
It’s about time we had the female-driven answer to "127 Hours". Written and spoken tales of surviving in the American wilderness have been around since the beginning of our history and are a fundamental part of our country's lore. But, as history and our modern media would have it, these tales traditionally focus on men - our Lewis and Clarks, our Jack Londons. But where are our Sacagaweas?  Strayed's own image from her journey Cheryl ... Read More
On May 25th The Washington Post published an article by Ann Hornaday which cited movies like Judd Apatow's and Seth Rogan’s recent film “Neighbors” as feeding into the misogynistic culture that cultivates killers, like Elliot Rodger, who experience the conflicted “toxic double helix of insecurity and entitlement that comprises Hollywood’s DNA.”  Now, I enjoy your average Hollywood flick as much as the next girl, but I have ... Read More
I see a lot of bad movies. Watching mindless cinematic drivel can be very therapeutic and I don’t hesitate to indulge. But I can’t fully enjoy brainless box-office hits anymore—the under-representation or misrepresentation of women in some 2013 releases has been a little too overt. Or maybe I’ve just been more sensitive to it lately; as I’ve gotten older, insidious sexism in film has been easier to identify. I’ve also taken to ... Read More
ALL HAIL IKEA! I mean Sweden, right...Sweden. The land of moderately-priced decor, beautiful people, and delightful meatballs is out to make the world a better place. Swedish movie theaters are now incorporating the Bechdel Test into their ratings system, giving moviegoers the opportunity to know in advance which films treat women like, you know, humans and stuff.  If you're just tuning in, the Bechdel test "asks whether a work ... Read More
For feminist film lovers, it’s really, really hard to casually see a movie without being brutally aware of its shortcomings: specifically, it’s really hard not to notice when a film features fewer women than, say, your workplace does. The Bechdel test made it especially easy for us to enumerate these weaknesses. (For those of you who don’t know, the Bechdel test is a three-step process to determine whether or not a film is ... Read More
A trip to the movie theater usually stresses me out, and it's not just the $12 popcorn that does it. I am notoriously that movie-goer who easily gets offended by the portrayal of women onscreen. There have been some standouts lately--films like Bridesmaids and Pariah that have made me optimistic about what can be done if female writers and directors are given a voice. But the majority of movies still disappoint. In a million-dollar blockbuster, can't ... Read More
Every summer we are treated to a slew of supposed blockbusters specifically designed to knock off socks, or at the very least, give us somewhere cool and dark to sit for twoish hours. Certainly this season will be no different, judging from Hollywood’s attempts to revive The Karate Kid, Predators, Cats and Dogs (…?), the Toy Story franchise (!!), and The A-Team (which, I have to admit, just will not be the same without Mr. T…Bradley Cooper or ... Read More
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