Bechdel Test

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Once you notice the fact there are very few women in movies, and even fewer instances where the women are not scantily dressed, not stereotypical, or used as a backdrop, it makes it difficult to watch without a critical eye. Swedish cinema has recently adopted a Bechdel Test Rating for any new movie. These are movies with at least two women characters, where the women talk to each other, and when they talk about something other than men. It is a simple rubric, but apparently very difficult for many screenwriters to follow. There is also a website that posts movies that do or do not pass this criteria (http://bechdeltest.com/). I imagine a day when there will be equal amounts of men or women in cinema, and when there happens to be more women, it will be seen as normal, because women are prized members of society, rather than doers and helpers in the shadows.

P.S. This is what happens when Maria, the more skilled drawer, goes away for the holidays. Lucy finishes some comics, pours herself a drink, promptly spills whiskey/Frangelico over all of it. Hence the weird pinkish-ness on the top of the comic, it’s a water stain 😦

What We’re Here For

This comic comes from one of my favorite comic artists online, www.robot-hugs.com. She has some hilarious and insightful posts about what it's like to be queer, a woman, and suffering from depression. She draws pictures of her cats too. This comic particularly resonated with me because sometimes it can be hard to be an Other. Like Santa, you have to be an example of whatever Other you are, non-threatening when answering questions, not act in any controversial way (lest you set a bad example for all the other nameless Others that somewhat resemble you), showing people we have come a long way, that we live in a supposed "post-discrimination" world, because if we didn't you'd be where you were before, in the lowest tier of society possible.

This comic comes from one of my favorite comic artists online, http://www.robot-hugs.com. She has some hilarious and insightful posts about what it’s like to be queer, a woman, and suffering from depression. She draws pictures of her cats too.
This comic particularly resonated with me because sometimes it can be hard to be an Other. Like Santa, you have to be an example of whatever Other you are, non-threatening when answering questions, not acting in any controversial way (lest you set a bad example for all the other nameless Others somewhat resembling you), showing people we have come a long way, that we live in a supposed “post-discrimination” world. Because if we didn’t, you’d probably not be out here in the open, mingling with Sames.

“I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.” – Rebecca West