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Should It Matter If Thor: Ragnarok Passes the Bechdel Test?

I had a great time at a press screening of Thor: Ragnarok. As our Marykate Jasper outlined in her review, the movie is fun, funny, unconventional, and sometimes messy—not perfect, but I'm already excited to see it again opening night. However ...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Doesn’t Pass the Bechdel Test. It Doesn’t Come Close.

I've been thinking about the fun to be had at Spider-Man: Homecoming, but also about how audiences who see it this weekend won't be seeing two female characters speak to one another.

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Sofia Coppola Just Learned What the Bechdel Test Is

Sofia Coppola has a history of making movies about women, yet it's not exactly surprising to learn she's never heard of the Bechdel Test.

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Film Critic Manohla Dargis Coins “the DuVernay Test,” Checking on How People of Color are Represented in Film

It's in the same vein as the Bechdel-Wallace test.

New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis coined "the DuVernay test," checking to see whether the people of color in a film have their own stories or are merely accessories to white stories.

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The Force Awakens May or May Not Pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test, But Does It Matter?

Pass or pass not, there is no try?

The Force Awakens inspired an interesting conversation between me and a friend about just how feminist the film actually is, and whether or not it passes the Bechdel-Wallace test. **MILD SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN TFA. BEWARE**

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The Bechdel Bill is Working to Put the Bechdel Test Into Action

The Bechdel Test may measure the female presence in a film, but in truth, it can't do anything to increase it without others taking action and working to assure that more films find a place for real female characters. That's where The Bechdel Bill, a new organization based out of Toronto, comes in.

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Alison Bechdel Would Like You to Call It the “Bechdel-Wallace Test,” ThankYouVeryMuch

While it's no secret that the Bechdel Test has its roots in several places, its being featured in Alison Bechdel's 1985 comics classic, Dykes to Watch Out For, cemented it as being associated with Bechdel. Well now, she'd like to change that.

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“Dark Eyes”: Doctor Who Passes the Bechdel Test

If you’ve ever wondered about the secret origins of the Time War, what could be worse than Daleks, or how the Eighth Doctor got from the movie in 1996 to minisode in 2013 … then you’ll want to listen to Big Finish’s audioplay, "Dark Eyes."

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The Mary Sue Interview: UnREAL’s Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro on Feminism, Gender, & Reality TV

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro adapted her black comedy about reality TV dating shows into a pitch perfect satirical-drama series for Lifetime, which she co-created with Marti Noxon. Shapiro has first-hand experience working in the dehumanizing world of reality TV shows, having worked on the Bachelor/Bachelorette, and used these experiences to create a show which addresses some pretty heavy issues.

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Reviewer From The Guardian Says Jurassic World Passes Bechdel Test Because of Female Dinosaurs

God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs. Man writes review. Dinosaurs eat man. Woman and lady dinosaurs inherit the earth and talk about nothing but tampons and makeup.

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Robot-On-Robot Action: Which Movies, Games, and Shows Pass The Botdel Test?

The Bechdel test has helped raise awareness about the dearth of strong, autonomous women in movies, and while the Bechdel test is monumentally important, there is another group often neglected in discussions of social equality: ROBOTS.

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Male Sci-Fi Authors Talk Feminism, the Bechdel Test and Genre Writing in New HeForShe Video

Yes, HeForShe. You have correctly identified The Mary Sue's interests.

"The purpose of a woman in ’50s science fiction “was to make the man look good, and scream when the bug-eyed monsters came in. My mother hated that trope; and she said, you know, ‘If a bug-eyed monster was invading my home, I’d find the nearest frying pan and beat the crap out of him!’"

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How to Make Video Games for Girls

Developers, publishers, and marketing professionals, take heed.

Just as many girls as guys are playing video games these days. That means developers have to step up to the challenge of appealing to both genders. But they sure do miss the mark in figuring out What Girls Want. So get out a pencil and paper and take note. It’s not that hard, I promise.

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Which Major Superhero Films Pass The Bechdel Test? Here’s a Handy Chart

Answer: Not enough.

Aw man. When Elektra can accomplish something that most major superhero-themed blockbusters can't, that's probably not a good sign.

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How Does Your Favorite Star Trek Series Fare on the Bechdel Test?

Which series fares best? Hint: It's WAY cool.

A little over a year ago, with the help of a few other Trekkies I met through Tumblr, I took on a huge but super-fun project: running each and every live-action Star Trek episode—from The Original Series through Enterprise—through the Bechdel Test.

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Things We Saw Today: Burt Macklin: Dinosaur Detective Jurassic World Has Wrapped

Teeny-tiny dino arms...cannot...reach...clapperboard...

How long until the Internet shames director Colin Trevorrow for senselessly slaughtering that T-Rex?

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Here’s What Happened at the “Women of Trek Fandom” Panel at Star Trek: Las Vegas!

"Ma'am" will do in a pinch, but they prefer "captain."

Walking the floor at Star Trek: Las Vegas, the world's largest Star Trek convention, you can see the tradition of active female Trek fans is alive and well. This year's "Women in Trek Fandom" panel, hosted by Mary Czerwinski of DVD Geeks and Glue Guns and Phasers, was a chance to reflect on how far we've come and what still needs to happen to achieve equality in fandom, as well as in terms of on-screen representations and behind-the-camera roles.

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Things We Saw Today: To-Scale Rocket Raccoon Cosplay

Alright, kid, let me see your snarl!

The only thing capable of trumping Vin Diesel on stilts is the inevitable child cosplay. Check out some of Rocket's moves over on Tyndalecode's Instagram.

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Paul F. Tompkins Fought a Troll Over the Bechdel Test, Tells All Men They Can Do Better

Tompkins v Troll: Dawn of Internet Justice

Over the weekend comedy writer Caissie St. Onge tweeted a joke about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the Bechdel Test and not surprisingly (because the Internet) someone chimed in to be a jerk about it.

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Things We Saw Today: Wonderful Steampunk Wonder Woman Cosplay

Things We Saw Today

Time for some truth: This cosplay by Jo-Jo Chen is amazing. (Fashionably Geek, picture by Jason R. Eras)

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