So true it hurts.
SYLVIA PLATH ‘The fig tree’
This is a great addendum to traditional film ratings and it has the potential to alter how films can now be received and critiqued. Think of how few females are hired in movies because of their lack of representation! Think of the lack of variety in representation! And think of how lowthe standards of this test actually are. Yikes.
Fun fact: I saw the brilliant Allison Bechdel read at Wesleyan last fall and she spoke about the Bechdel test. She didn’t come up with the idea. A friend of hers did, and she then used the idea in a Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip.
Originally I wrote this for Unlocked and now I’m thrilled it’s on The Feminist Wire!
Most of what I remember about what I read in women’s magazines is mind-numbing and makes me feel inadequate based on my appearance. But men’s magazines do the same. Like Molly Fisher points out in her work about LadyBlogs, perhaps women’s mags, too, are known for their particular tone and short bursts of sass, advice, or content—meaning that they might publish shorter features than men’s mags. Certainly they’re each selling distinct personalities and lifestyles, emphasizing roles for each gender, placing significance on what specifically men versus women should care about. But all of this says more about difference in content than difference in quality. Is this the sexist bias at it again?
Lisa and I have started an email thread to share articles we read on the daily. It’s not like I don’t do this with all my other friends all the time, but now we have a designated space and expectation to share. There is so much out on the internet and even more books to read—an endless amount of culture to consume! Does postgrad mean freedom to read as much as I want? Will I yank myself away from my computer to get to my print magazines, books, and journals? Will I write half as many words as I read? I hope so.
I found this interactive infographic on the New Yorker, and it visualizes what I already well know: that NYC has crazy income inequality, which affects where people in the city live. I wonder how this data will change in a decade (or even in half that time). I definitely see the value of moving to a cheaper city after graduation.
Why I almost defriended everyone who had an HRC logo as their profile picture this week:
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that, though I didn’t think about this at the time, I probably started a blog because I need somewhere to vent my boundless rage that is not random people’s Facebook walls. I mean, one thing among the many thousands of things that are guaranteed to raise my blood pressure is when folks get all “the internet isn’t real, and it’s not a viable platform for communication,” but also like, Facebook fights are dumb, I’m supposed to be an adult now.
So here’s the thing that got me all het up this week: gay marriage.
Specifically, these goddamn things:
Professor Kyle Kusz of URI on the White Man-Boy Industrial Complex
This form of inequality is quite a shame, but what’s more of a shame is how I’m just not surprised. Will these numbers provoke the magazines to hire more women? There’s no excuse for these publications to say they didn’t realize the ratio. Now they do. Diversity in gender is important, but diversity in opinions and perspectives is even more important. That’s not to say those two forms of diversity are mutually exclusive—in fact, they go hand and hand. Indeed, I wonder how the pie charts would look if such factors like race or socioeconomic were tracked instead. Those, certainly, are significant to consider when attempting to reflect an array of views to make a magazine rich in content and relevant to a wide audience.