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Swedish Movies Get Ratings Based on How Feminist They Are

On a scale of Tucker Max to Andrea Dworkin, how feminist are these films?

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Star Wars fails the Bechdel Test

Soon ratings will be as much about gender equality as they are about nipslips.

Some Swedish cinemas are rating movies based on the Bechdel test for gender bias, the Associated Press reports. The Bechdel test, developed by badass graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, presents a simple criteria for gender equality in film. In order to pass the Bechdel test, a film must have at least one scene of two named women talking about something other than a man. It’s that simple.

Only movies that pass the Bechdel test will get an “A” rating in Sweden. The entire Star Wars and Lord of the Rings series both fail the test, as do most of the Harry Potter films. Ditto Pulp Fiction and The Social Network.

The state-funded Swedish Film Institute supports the new ratings, as does Scandinavian cable channel Viasat Film. Hell ja.

[AP]

1 comments
CaraFerguson
CaraFerguson

I'm willing to let Harry Potter slide on this. It is full of strong female characters and any lack of dialogue between them isn't really a ding against feminism in the films. With characters like Hermione Granger, Professor McGonnagall, Molly Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Bellatrix Lestrange, Luna Lovegood, I could go on and on...I'm not too concerned about their perceived lack of dialogue with each other, especially considering they're all linked to one another by Harry, for the most part.

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