July 24, 2008

Quick Hit: Check out Halthor Legacy!

Posted in feminism, film, gender, mass media, recommended reading, representation at 10:15 am by LB

I recently found this blog through another blog, I can’t event remember which, but it’s really great!

Hathor isn’t a review site. Nor is it a fan site. It was started in 2005 by Betacandy to demonstrate that there are people who don’t like how women and gender roles are presented in movies and TV because she was sick of hearing from film execs that the audience only wants white men in lead roles.

Very cool! And check out these posts especially:

Why discriminate if it doesn’t profit?

The question this brings to mind is: why would they discriminate against a group when there’s more profit to be made by doing the right thing? That’s a good question, and one that deserves an answer.

Some answers provided: ego and laziness.

Why film schools teach screenwriters not to pass the Bechdel test

To pass it your movie must have the following:

1) there are at least two named female characters, who

2) talk to each other about

3) something other than a man.

So simple, and yet as you go through all your favorite movies (and most of your favorite TV shows, though there’s a little more variety in TV), you find very few movies pass this test.

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