Whirr2008-09-04
Genderpost.

A few quick gender-related items. First, this \'blog--the photos inside are pretty neat, but the coverpiece is mad cool on its own: Lucy and Bart(flash).

Secondly, I wanted to draw your attention to genderfork, a photoblog that \"explores androgyny and gender variance through artistic photography\". Nothing graphic here (like the neogender piece in the Coilhouse print magazine--which I liked, but was still a bit surprising) just really nice portraits of beautiful people. No, it isn\'t just page after page of Tilda Swinton.

Finally, there was a really interesting conversation over on Metafilter the other day about the Bechdel Test. Quick, how many movies can you name that pass these criteria:

  1. It has to have at least two women in it,
  2. Who talk to each other,
  3. About something besides a man.

The conversation went on to talk about how to refine the test (what if two women only talk about raising children? Do mother / daughter scenes count?) and to speculate on other potentially surprising gender stuff in film (for example, they had a really hard time coming up with movies that had no female characters at all).

Someone also observed that there were quite a lot of horror movies that pass the test--usually the schlockier the better. Which is interesting, as well.

Someone there also linked to Jennifer Kesler\'s \'blog, where she says that she was trained by her teachers at Film School to only write movies that failed the Test.

\"The audience doesn\'t want to listen to a bunch of women talking about whatever it is women talk about.\"


(example photo from genderfork)
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