Saturday, 20 June 2009

The Bechdel Test and My Worlds

Well, it appears that Project C fails the Bechdel Test. At least, I think it does.

The Bechdel Test is simple. To pass the test the story needs to meet 3 simple points.

1. It has at least two women,

2. Who talk to each other,

3. About something besides a man.

There is one scene where two female characters are discussing a man, but it's in the past tense. (i.e.: he's dead.) Another scene has two different females talking about a man as if he were a bargaining chip. That's still a fail, isn't it?

What about Next to Godliness? NtG gets a pass I think, because I can think of a few scenes where two females talk about things other than men.

Elven Lacryment gets a pass. I know that right now. To say more would be spoilerish. EL is really more reverse-frigging anyways.

Keep What you Kill passes, so far, but only margenally.

Then again, is the criteria different when the lead character is not a male?

  • The lead character in Project C is male.

  • The cast of Next to Godliness is ensemble, but I would lean towards saying, in fact, that the lead character is male.

  • Elven Lacryment is a slight ensemble of 4, but just by vertue of ShadowWolf being the first real character introduced to the comic, and being the oldest character of mine in EL, I call her the lead character. She is female.

  • Keep What you Kill has a male and female duo.

Also, does the criteria change if the two females are mother and daughter, talking about father? What about two sisters talking about their brother? What if it's two high school girls talking about the (male) president?

Does a story get a pass if mom and daughter talk about how dad beats mom? How sisters are talking about their brother cheating on his girl friend? Two high school friends discussing their project about the president? What happens if one of them coments on how the president was kind of cute? What if little 6 year old Jane runs to 13 year old Debbi and tattles on 7 year old Bobby for teasing her? Bobby is not a man but a boy, does he get a free pass? DWhat if there's one scene where two women talk about something other than a man, but in all the other scenes they do talk about men? Does this test have a sliding scale?

And that's me thinking out loud.


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