Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter films prove that gender bias still runs rampant in Hollywood. Surprised?
The new test, known as Bechdel puts scientific data into what has been otherwise only a perception.
You probably think that the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner have evened the playing field.
Maybe. But, according to Swedish sociologists Hollywood has a long way to go before it passes their newly implemented gender bias testing.
I was hoping, when I read about it, that I could obtain a hand-held gauge that would detect male chauvinism when I hold it up to a movie poster or attach it to my PC while a movie trailer plays. But, of course, my wildest dreams are rarely fulfilled.
Having said that, I must admit I was amused and impressed that one tick on the scale is whether or not two or more female characters talk about something other than men. And, while men are one of my favorite topics, women actually do converse and make decisions on a plethora of other issues.
In fact, we hold office (some more successfully than others), fly planes, shoot guns, raise children, work as CEO’s, attorneys, doctors, chefs, TV executives, and all kinds of other fun jobs, many of which also happen to employ people, save lives, and launch revolutionary inventions.
Don’t laugh. It’s true. And movies need to reflect our value. Read more here about how they fail to do so.
h/t: The Guardian
Movies need to pass test that gauges the active presence of women on screen in bid to promote gender equality.
You expect movie ratings to tell you whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. Now cinemas in Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it.
To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.
“The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, all Star Wars movies, The Social Network, Pulp Fiction and all but one of the Harry Potter movies fail this test,” said Ellen Tejle, the director of Bio Rio, an art-house cinema in Stockholm’s trendy Södermalm district.
Bio Rio is one of four Swedish cinemas that launched the new rating last month to draw attention to how few movies pass the Bechdel test. Most filmgoers have reacted positively to the initiative. “For some people it has been an eye-opener,” said Tejle.
Beliefs about women’s roles in society are influenced by the fact that movie watchers rarely see “a female superhero or a female professor or person who makes it through exciting challenges and masters them”, Tejle said, noting that the rating doesn’t say anything about the quality of the film. “The goal is to see more female stories and perspectives on cinema screens,” he added.
I concur, put more female stories and perspectives on the big screen. I’m tired of re-makes of Spiderman and Superman. Although, Henry Cavill makes a mighty nice man of steel.
by T.M. Burroughs
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