March 12th, 2004

red panda eating bamboo

This is so cool


Only men learned to read and write Chinese, and bound feet and social strictures confined women to their husband's homes after marriage. So somehow -- scholars are unsure how, or exactly when -- the women of this fertile valley in the southwestern corner of Hunan province developed their own way to communicate. It was a delicate, graceful script handed down from grandmother to granddaughter, from elderly aunt to adolescent niece, from girlfriend to girlfriend -- and never, ever shared with the men and boys.

So was born nushu, or women's script, a single-sex writing system that Chinese scholars believe is the only one of its kind.
red panda eating bamboo

Passes the Bechdel Rule

Dangerous Beauty starring Catherine McCorkmack and Rufus Sewell

Excerpt from Roger Ebert's review:
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The Bechdel Rule:
a suitable movie must A.) feature two women,
who B.) talk to each other,
about C.) something other than a man.
This is a paraphrase of a strip in Allison Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Out For, where the character notes that the last movie she was able to see was Alien, in which the two women talk to each other about the monster.