2012 Oscar Contenders Fail the Bechdel Test

by Melissa Silverstein
February 17, 2012 9:34 AM
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Another brilliant cultural criticism from Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency

From her you tube page description:

It's been a few years since I've checked in with The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies so I thought it would be a good time to look in on Hollywood and see if there's been any substantial improvement in women's representations on the big screen. In this updated video, I go through the 2011 films nominated for Best Picture at the 84th annual Academy Awards and see how they measure up to the Bechdel Test. Keep watching because I also propose a small addendum to help clarify the spirit of the test and provide a solution on how Hollywood can fix the glaring problem that the Bechdel Test exposes. I'll also address the question, "What about the reverse test?" and I'll show an alternative test that has been adapted by critics to identify the presence of people of colour in films. Sprinkled throughout this video I offer a few movie recommendations.

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More: Feminism, Media, Sexism

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  • Himanshu Vora | February 21, 2012 12:56 PMReply

    What do you say about "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" ?


  • Maureen | February 20, 2012 4:41 AMReply

    Thank you, Anita, for your clear & wise commentary.

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