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 ...Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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**Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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."Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!’"Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Teeny-tiny dino arms...cannot...reach...clapperboard...
How long until the Internet shames director Colin Trevorrow for senselessly slaughtering that T-Rex?Read More
"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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More