The Bechdel Test — which rates films based on the simple criteria that it contains at least two female characters who talk to each other about something besides a man — has been the recent center of attention as several cinemas in Sweden adopting an “A” rating for films that pass the test. While the Bechdel Test is a good test for representation, it’s time for the discussion of women in film to become more sophisticated. According to USC Annenberg School for Communications, 2012 was the worst year in the past five for women onscreen, with only 28% of roles going to women. While we need to increase the number of roles for women onscreen, we also need to focus on the types of roles women play. Join us for a discussion on the ways women can move beyond being present in film to more substantive, strong, and wide ranging roles.
Carrie Rickey (moderator)
Linda Holmes, NPR
Inkoo Kang, Village Voice & Women and Hollywood
Michelle Dean, Flavorwire
Katey Rich, Vanity Fair
Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014, 12PM
Location: James Room, 4th Floor, Barnard Hall