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Entries from September 2010

Bechdel Test Month is in the bag

September 30th, 2010 · No Comments

In the month of September, I looked at ten recent movies that pass The Bechdel Test. Like a segment for The Daily Show, the “test” is a goof illustrating a real problem: the shortage of visible roles for women in film. What did I learn? Charlize Theron is underrated. Her beauty sells magazines but what [...]

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Tags: Thoughts and theories

The House Was Alive Then

September 28th, 2010 · No Comments

The Bechdel Test was named for Allison Bechdel, whose comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For in 1985 measured the female presence in movies by employing three criteria: Are there two or more women in it, with names? Do the women talk to each other? About something other than a man? Far too many mainstream [...]

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Tags: Brother/brother relationship · Brother/sister relationship · Coming of age · Interrogation · Midlife crisis · Mother/daughter relationship · Museums and galleries

A Good Sense of Distaste

September 25th, 2010 · No Comments

The Bechdel Test was named for Allison Bechdel, whose comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For in 1985 measured the female presence in movies by employing three criteria: Are there two or more women in it, with names? Do the women talk to each other? About something other than a man? Far too many mainstream [...]

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Tags: Based on book · Coming of age · Dreams and visions · Drunk scene · Prostitute · Unconventional romance