The Bechdel Test (And Why It’s So Important To Feminism)

Happy Thursday!

According to Wikipedia, the Bechdel Test, “asks if a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added. Many contemporary works fail this test of gender bias.”

What I took away from this definition is that many popular works today (from books to movies to television) fail this test. This over time can be detrimental to woman’s rights. I think if two women just talk about a man, it takes away from the women; that’s because they definitely have more to talk and think about then their male counterparts. The sad thing is that a lot of movies nowadays don’t even pass the test, which is a little reflective of how today’s society views women’s relationships (either platonic or romantic).

It’s truly ridiculous when you think about the fact that even a 30-second conversation between women could pass the Bechdel Test if they just talked about anything else then men.

The Bechdel Test is extremely important, particularly from a feminist point of view. If the media refuses to create new and interesting character relationships between women, what does that say about the society in which we live?

I plan to do a follow-up post on this subject, but please let me know what you think!


Chapter 19: Focus Pocus

Happy Saturday!

Have you ever had those days where you simply can’t focus on work? I happen to have a big test on Monday, and I’ve been attempting to study for it all day and I can’t bring myself to hunker down and pay attention(and if my parents are reading this, I’ve also been studying throughout the week too, so don’t worry).

I’m hoping that tomorrow will be a full on study day, mainly because I know I’ll regret it if I don’t. Maybe I’ll find a way that I’ll be able to focus without too many distractions, but then again, it is a college campus!

Hope you’re all having a great weekend! xxoo