Feminist Frequency – The 2012 Oscars and The Bechdel Test

I’m about to zoom on back over to the Embiggen Bookstore for today’s YAS Skeps And Specs Live Podcast Show and Skeptical Book Anthology Launch, but FIRST… I must show you this, with thanks to Kirsty!

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 nominated for Best Picture at the 84th annual Academy Awards and see how they measure up to the Bechdel Test. Keep watching because I also propose a small addendum to help clarify the spirit of the test and provide a solution on how Hollywood can fix the glaring problem that the Bechdel Test exposes. I’ll also address the question, “What about the reverse test?” and I’ll show an alternative test that has been adapted by critics to identify the presence of people of colour in films. Sprinkled throughout this video I offer a few movie recommendations.

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • Timothy (TRiG)

    I have seen a mention that Juno failed the anti-Bechdel test, which makes it a rarity.

    TRiG.

  • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou Doench

    I actually wrote a pair of scenes into my Naonwrimo novel specifically to satisfy the Bechdel test. One is my favorite scene in the story.

    • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou Doench

      That should be Nanowrimo, or National Novel writing month. This was my first 50K win!

      • michaelgreen

        Cool. I’ve personally found that the Bechdel test can indicate not just whether you’re writing with a gender bias, but whether you’re actually using your characters.


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