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Posted on February 26, 2021 at 2:07 PM by Genesis Gaule
The Bechdel Test is famous for two reasons:
The original test, first mentioned in Alison Bechdel’s comic, asks if in a piece of media there are two (named) women who talk to each other about something that is not a man.
With the rise in popularity, many have compared these standards to films and constantly updated lists of films. Many other tests have created a checklist for films and books. For example, the Vito Russo Test measures how LGBT characters are portrayed in films (they cannot be used just as a punchline to a joke, and their character must be tied into the plot).
What exactly do these tests indicate? Why do people care? The answer to both is inclusivity. While the Bechdel test shouldn’t be the gold standard for feminist literature, it is a step towards recognizing when women are not fleshed out. Representation and diversity in our stories matter.
If you are interested in reading some female-centric books, here are some available for checkout from our library.
The Devil Wears Prada
by Lauren Weisberger
FICTION • CD Audiobook
A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
After her infamous mother goes missing, Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
FICTION • ebook • CD Audiobook
When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that threatens to upend a carefully ordered community.
by Naomi Alderman
What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood
FICTION • ebook
Set in the near future, the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans.
Tag(s): women, Vanesa Gomez, social commentary, science fiction, representation, recommendations, mothers and daughters, lgbt, fiction, diversity, article
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