The Bechdel test, as you know, asks whether female characters in a film speak to each other about things other than men; the DuVernay test, newly minted by the New York Times, asks how many times minorities speak about things other than white people. You know, like people of color actually do!
A new study about the representation of women in Hollywood thoroughly confirms what you have probably long ago come to perceive: most films do not come anywhere close to passing the Bechdel Test.
As we all know, The Lego Movie is hands down, one of the greatest movies ever made in the history of all time and that is not up for debate, so please don't even try. But that doesn't mean one of the people behind the $400 million blockbuster is satisfied, at least not when it comes to the movie's depiction of women.
There's been plenty of writing done about whether movies with female leads do well at the box office. Those pieces, however, are usually speculative, based on individual test cases or sound bites from film executives. But for a refreshing change, FiveThirtyEight has actually reviewed the data, miraculously concluding…
OH MY GOD, SWEDEN. Staaaaaaahhp!!! Fresh on the heels of codifying their new gender-neutral pronoun, those plucky Swedes are getting even more proactive in their attempts to turn mommies into people. Unafraid to incorporate feminist thought (i.e. basic fucking equality) into official policy—can you imagine!?—some…
Next week, the first installment of The Mortal Instruments hits screens. Cassandra Clare, who wrote The Mortal Instruments series of YA novels, upon which the flicks are based, says that she purposely created an empowered female character.
In May, NPR reporter Ailsa Chang wrote a piece about Kristen Gillibrand entitled "Focus On Women, Families Propels New York's Sen. Gillibrand" intended to discuss her rising star power in the Senate and her potential presidential prospects. What it actually discussed in an entirely unproductive manner was how the…
What a surprise! They fail remarkably, with only The Help and The Descendents getting a clear pass. Come the fuck on, Hollywood.
Even if you have mixed feelings about The Help, there's a good reason to applaud the film's success. Supposedly, it's confirmed the box office viability of a radical new genre: "Chick flicks" with a bit of substance.