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Stop making movies about douchebags

Let me introduce The Douche Test! It is a gender portrayal test for movies, to use alongside The Bechdel Test. The steps are simple, just ask yourself: 1) Does the male lead character not threaten, objectify, make fun of, or in any other way mistreat a woman during the movie? 2) Does the lead character… Continue Reading →

If they can see it, they can be it

Geena Davis is fed up with the way women and girls are portrayed in movies. Outraged at the lack of female characters in the kids’ movies she watched with her young daughter – and worried that her daughter would grow to have limited aspirations from a lack of on-screen role models – Davis founded the… Continue Reading →

Did the Media Fail Women in 2013? Ask The Representation Project

The newest viral video making its way around my Facebook feed is, “How the Media Failed Women in 2013,” a sobering three-and-a-half-minute compilation of media moments that drive one point home: the representation of women in the media isn’t changing fast enough. [media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NswJ4kO9uHc”] “How the Media Failed Women in 2013” recaps the highlights and… Continue Reading →

Disney is brave, but frozen

I was convinced Brave was Disney’s reinvention. Merida was spunky, independent, and *gasp* looked like a normal girl. Yes, many of those qualities carry over to Princess Anna in Frozen, but Princess Elsa, her sister, is unfortunately a nod back to the quintessential dainty blondes such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Her hair is too perfectly… Continue Reading →

Catching Fire: The odds are in women’s favor

Katy Perry will always be my number-one woman crush, but Jennifer Lawrence comes in a very close second, especially in her latest role as Katniss Everdeen in Catching Fire. Talk about girl power! Katniss is even fiercer this time, representing District 12 and fighting against the evil Capitol. This movie far exceeds the criteria needed… Continue Reading →

Why the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media rules

Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis (of Thelma and Louise and Beetlejuice fame) founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media to advocate for diverse portrayals and equal representation of female characters in the media. The Institute and its program, See Jane, promote gender equality in media representation through research, education, and advocacy. The… Continue Reading →

Crash course in the Vito Russo Test

I was recently speaking to a friend of mine about the Bechdel Test and I asked whether or not there was a Bechdel equivalent for LGBTQ movie analysis. She said she thought that there must be, and after some research, I quickly came across the answer: the Vito Russo Test. Both the Bechdel Test and… Continue Reading →

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