Tag Archives: Bechdel Test

When Boys Write Girls: A Lesson in Gender Appropriation

February 14th, 2019

There’s been much ado on the topic of CULTURAL APPROPRIATION in storytelling –often regarding the debate, “should a White person write a story about a Black person’s experience?” In a similar vein we might question the issue of gender appropriation, i.e. should a man write a story about a woman’s experience? There are strong arguments […]

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Why and How Male-Driven Films Can (and Should) Be Feminist Friendly

January 31st, 2019

Last time, I took to task the male-driven film, Manchester By the Sea, for aggrandizing bad male behavior while resigning its female characters to the limited patriarchal roles of crying, nurturing and providing sex. Lamentably, this profile fits far too many male-driven films, and this malpractice needs to stop. For starters, it’s bad storytelling. Constantin […]

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Oscar Winner/ Bechdel Test Loser: Manbabies By the Sea

January 29th, 2019

It was a week after the WOMEN’S MARCH in January of 2017 when I went to see Manchester By the Sea. By movie’s end, my optimism fueled by the March was replaced by a sense of doom. In case you haven’t seen it, and even if you have, please indulge me a moment as I […]

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