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Jan. 27th, 2003

The Sound of Music qualifies under the Bechdel Rule.


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Jan. 27th, 2003 10:40 pm (UTC)
Bechdel Rule? Pray explain, milady...
Jan. 27th, 2003 11:11 pm (UTC)
Alison Bechdel is the creator of the Dykes to Watch Out For comic. In one of the strips, two of the characters are discussing going to see a movie. One of them says to the other that she has a rule for seeing movies: the movie has to have 1. at least two women, who 2. talk to each other 3. about something other than a man.
Jan. 27th, 2003 11:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, the *movie* rule. Ok.

Alison Bechdel is the creator of the Dykes to Watch Out For comic.

Yeah. See http://www.kilsmith.com/dtwof.htm ;)
Jan. 28th, 2003 07:25 am (UTC)
Oh wow! What plunder!
Jan. 27th, 2003 11:37 pm (UTC)
A shame she'll miss "Swimming To Cambodia".
Jan. 27th, 2003 11:54 pm (UTC)
There are a number of good movies that don't qualify under the rule, but I wouldn't count Swimming to Cambodia among them myself. :)
Jan. 27th, 2003 11:59 pm (UTC)
Amazing how few movies qualify under the rule.
Jan. 28th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC)
Sure is.
Jan. 28th, 2003 05:58 am (UTC)
Oh, goody! I was just wondering the other night if it did. (Yes, before I knew you were watching it. I'm always minorly amused by such coincidences.)

Must start a book of DVDs which pass the Bechdel rule, methinks. Then I won't have to think about it before picking a movie.
Jan. 28th, 2003 07:34 am (UTC)
A book of DVDs sounds like a great idea!

I note in passing that The Sound of Music doesn't particularly qualify as a feminist movie in a number of other ways.

Well, it all depends on your point of view about nuns, really.
Jan. 28th, 2003 06:39 am (UTC)
This prompted me to look at my collection for a movie that fit. I got halfway along the shelf before I found one: Iolanthe, which opens with Celia, Leila, and Fleta discussing Iolanthe's banishment.

Jan. 28th, 2003 07:38 am (UTC)
I got lucky. My DVDs are more or less alphabetized, and in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the armoire discusses clothing with Belle, and Mrs. Pots discusses food with her.
Jan. 28th, 2003 10:30 am (UTC)
I've been going over the last few movies I saw. Kissing Jessica Stein passes, obviously, with all the discussions of hot girl-girl action. The Hours passes easily - Virginia Woolf has a tendency to do that sort of thing. The last episode of the first season of Buffy passes - Buffy and Willow discuss vampires, Willow and Miss Calendar discuss vampires, Willow and Cordelia discuss A/V equipment. The Pride and Prejudice miniseries passes, barely - it's full of women, but they mostly discuss men. It squeaks by on a handful of conversations about travel, scenery, music, clothes, and the scandalous behavior of Lydia Bennett.

The American President - aha. I don't think that one passes. There are serious political women in it, but they save their political arguments for men. They talk to each other about romance. Still, four out of five isn't bad, considering that I didn't do it on purpose.
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