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Archive for April 2007

emjaybee@MeFi: "for rating misogyny, a helpful guide is always the Mo Movie Measure..."


[Alison Bechdel's strip] popularized what is now known as the Bechdel Test, also named the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel's Law. Bechdel credits Liz Wallace for the test. The test appears in a 1985 strip entitled The Rule in which a character says that she only watches a movie if it satisfies the following requirements:

  1. It has to have at least two women in it, who
  2. talk to each other about,
  3. something besides a man.

You would be amazed, once you start watching for it, how very very rare this kind of scene is in movies, violent and non-.

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