Posts tagged: Bechdel Test

The Oscars and the Bechdel Test
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 films […]
FemFreq on KUOW’s The Conversation
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 movies […]
Tropes vs. Women: #3 The Smurfette Principle
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 programming […]
Gender Across Borders Podcast Interview
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 to […]
The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies
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 pass […]