The Bechdel Test

On the topic of females in the media, although less to do with body image, there is the Bechdel Test (which you can learn the origins of here). The test was originally intended for movies, but can be applied to any medium. Essentially, for a movie to pass the Bechdel Test, it has to have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

Think about main stream movies for a moment and you’ll realize that this is a pretty hard test to pass, but I think it’s important to be aware of the fact that this is such a rare scenario for movies. In Beauty and the Beast I talk about being aware of the messages that the movies that you watch are sending and this is just part of noticing things about the media. Re-watch some of your favourite films and see if they pass the test, and what you think about the test itself. Girls talk to other girls about all sorts of things besides guys, but apparently not in the movies… Makes you think, doesn’t it?

I think we all knew this about A&F…

Here’s an article about the hiring and employee practices at Abercrombie & Fitch, which basically seems to consist of the normal requirements… plus, you have to be attractive. As in, you get rated. Check out the link and share my horror.

October 17th!!!

So, we have a solid date for the book release and, who would have guessed it, I’m a bit excited. So far, the plan is to have a book launch at 2:00 in the Lord Beaverbrook library on the 17th of October. On that same day, Beaverbrook is hosting a Wordfest event, so hopefully some people might stick around/notice that we’re doing a book launch!  This is me inviting everyone I have ever known to come check out what I’ve been working on for several years! Bring friends! Hopefully, I’ll see you there.