THIS. FUCKING READ IT, UNDERSTAND IT, THEN REREAD IT, THEN SHARE IT, THEN NEVER EVER FUCKING EVER USE SLUT AS AN INSULT AGAIN, OK? OK.
"The point [of the Bechdel Test], for me, is not a checklist; this isn’t like taking my car in for the 32 point inspection, where the mechanic runs through a series of boxes to confirm that my car is in good working order. You can finish a car inspection and still not address a major problem with the vehicle, and my mechanic knows that. The goal here to to create a starting point, a framework, an opening for discussion that will create an opportunity for advancing the analysis of whatever media I’m consuming. It’s a tool, but it’s not a definitive tool, or the only one, that you can apply to the thoughtful exploration of media and pop culture.
I often feel as though I’m living in a very binary world; things are either good or bad in the eyes of the general public. And life is just not that simple. The Bechdel Test isn’t the end-all solution to analysing media, nor is it a hopelessly flawed and pointless gimmick that should be thrown out. It’s just a tool, one that can be powerful in the right hands and useless in the wrong ones, and one that can be used in many different ways. "
I find the Bechdel Test is most often invoked in one of two ways, both of which totally miss the point:
1. My favorite movie passes the test, so it can’t possibly be problematic.
2. My favorite movie doesn’t pass the test, but a bunch of sexist movies do/a bunch of totally feminist movies don’t, so the test is worthless.
The second reaction was incredibly common on tumblr after Pacific Rim. I saw so many people bristling at the slightest suggestion that, hey, even though this movie is cool wouldn’t it be nice if there were at least two speaking women in it. And then there were people trying to suggest an “alternate” Bechdel Test, because even when people think the test itself sucks they’re apparently still stuck in the mindframe of “I need my favorite movies to pass an objective test so I can deflect any criticism.”
The idea that we can praise Mako Mori as a good example of a female character and still say Pacific Rim is hella problematic in terms of female representation, and more importantly that it plays into a broader trend, is apparently way too advanced. (via steinpratt)
"One of the huge cultural problems we have is we don’t delineate between sexuality, which is normal and healthy and unfolds over the life cycles, and sexualization, or the hypersexualization of our girls. "