Monday, October 10, 2011

How do you identify sexism?

From the comic "Dykes to Watch Out For" (c) Allison Bechdel. http://dykestowatchoutfor.com/
Just to get the blog back on track, I'm going back to posting some short subjects to get our (read:my) brains going again. Some of these will be older and have been screaming at me (in my head) to post them for ages. Here is the first one: the famed Bechdel test.

Cartoonist Allison Bechdel points out that most American movies do not have significant female presence. To see if they do, she wants us to ask three simple questions: 
 (1) Are there two or more women who have names?
(2) Do they talk to each other?
(3) Do they talk to each other about anything other than men?

Here is a video that lists just a few of movies that fail the test:



Do you think that this is indeed a systemic problem as the video and cartoon suggests? And, do you think movies that fail the test are indeed sexist? Are there other simple ways like this to identify sexism that would help those who can't easily identify it?

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