We’ve all got problems with how the media represents women. In related news, women are also underrepresented in media employment? We’re not trying to say correlation implies causation or anything, but here’s some resources that help us sort through the mess.
Please keep in mind that we do not agree with every thought, argument, and idea in these suggestions but feel they are a good place to start discussion.
Raising Media Content Awareness :
Just in case you forgot about the Bechdel Test!
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other [ a total of at least 60 seconds]
3. About something besides a man
The Extended Bechdel test also means:
4. no sexual violence
5. on a film not primarily intended for children.
Please keep in mind that a movie passing this test does not mean it is at all “good” or feminist friendly just that it passes.
Racial Bechdel Test or The Shukla Test
The Racial Bechdel Test is to POC presence in the media what The Bechdel Test is to female presence in the media. It tests whether or not a form of media has a strong POC presence. The test is important because it shows trends in how POC’s are not only represented in media, but also how they are portrayed.
In order to pass the test, three requirements must be met:
1. There must be more than one named character of color
2. At least two characters of color must have a conversation
3. Who don’t act in a service capacity
4. The conversation has to be about something other than a white person, race or racial stereotypes.
Vito Russo Test
LGBTQ characters are typically left out of the picture. That’s why GLAAD, following the example of the Bechdel Test, developed a set of criteria anyone can use to determine where and how well LGBTQ characters are included.
1. The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and/or transgender.
2. The character must not be solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity.
3. The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect.
A thought-provoking blog post about the actual effects of some “new” beauty standard campaigns – specifically, “strong is the new skinny”.
Women’s media center: pretty much all you need to know, ever. A great resource on an overwhelming amount of data about women in the media industry
Women’s media center annual report
If you don’t have time to read the full report, here’s 9 points to enrage you!
http://flavorwire.com/454895/warpaints-beyonce-and-rihanna-slut-shaming-reveals-a-racial-double-standard-about-womens-sexuality A good article about racial double standard for women in the media
http://globalgrind.com/2014/05/09/feminist-scholar-bell-hooks-calls-beyonce-terrorist-video/ Amazing a must watch about woc and media
On sexual dysfunction in female teens; speculative causes, problematic solutions.
An article about misogyny in fashion styles and how where you spend your money can really count in the companies decisions to hire and fire.
An article about the stereotype-based shaming of black women for choices that don’t harm anyone and, really, aren’t anyone else’s business.
An article about sex positivity and body positivity and children. We think it is great and an amazing step in the right direction, but an excellent example of how as girls we are not given options of the full range of sexual choices; that we are born into heterosexuality. We are failing girls when we tell them that they only have one option, and that is with a man. We think it is a good article, but imagine really, if as girls and women we were allowed our full spectrum of sexual choices. Now we think that would truly usher in a wave of sex positivity.
http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/micol-hebron-the-gallery-tally-poster-project.html An article about women’s representation in the art world.
Female representation in movies and the gaming industry.
What an educator. Articulate, engaging sex-positive videos on sexual health and equality.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p72UqyVPj54 A very good one about Beyonce and women in the media
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVOj2hrWcpc Ted Talk about reshaping body image.
The Good Body by Eve Ensler
W.A.R: Women’s Art Revolution THE MOVIE.
Miss Representation by Jennifer Siebel Newsom
The Punk Singer by Sini Anderson
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling by Brett Whitcomb
Coloring Book: Coloring book of vulvas
*If you have any suggestions for additions to our pages, please feel free to e-mail us the links.