The Oscars and the Bechdel Test

February 15, 2012

It’s been a few years since I’ve checked in with The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies so I thought it would be a good time to look in on Hollywood and see if there’s been any substantial improvement in women’s representations on the big screen.  In this updated video, I go through the 2011 […]

FemFreq on KUOW’s The Conversation

July 1, 2011

I was interviewed on KUOW in Seattle. Since Pixar has announced it’s upcoming film Brave will star the animation studio’s first ever female lead, some attention has been placed on the role women play in movies. On Seattle’s Public Radio Station KUOW, The Conversation’s Ross Reynolds and I talked about the Bechdel Test, women in […]

Tropes vs. Women: #3 The Smurfette Principle

April 21, 2011

This is the third of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine. Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Smurfette Principle was named two decades ago by Katha Pollitt, when she noticed that there were a disproportionate amount of male characters in […]

Gender Across Borders Podcast Interview

September 14, 2010

Gender Across Borders (GAB) invited me to be a guest on their new monthly podcast to discuss the Bechdel Test. I applied the test to Sex and the City 2 and Karate Kid and looked at what it means when a movie just barely passes.  I also explored whether we can really apply the test […]

The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies

December 7, 2009

The Bechdel Test is a simple way to gauge the active presence of female characters in Hollywood films and just how well rounded and complete those roles are.  It was created by Allison Bechdel in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985.  It is astonishing the number of popular movies that can’t […]


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