Tweet of the Day: The Runic Superpowers of Odin: Part II
And I don’t care.
Or at least I shouldn’t.
After all as explained by this video from Feminist Frequency:
And the helpful folks who commented on this blog post, it is about the system and not the individual movie or book.
I don’t know. True, it clearly shows a discriminatory pattern in movies, comics, games and books (at least genre books). The male perspective dominates even when women are the only ones “on screen”. But how do you break this pattern? The simplest answer is to create works that meet the test. And it is a very simple test. To reiterate:
In order to pass, the film or show must meet the following criteria:
- it includes at least two women*
(some make the addendum that the women must be named characters)
- who have at least one conversation…
- about something other than a man or men.*
the exact interpretation of this can vary; some feel that it’s okay to mention a man or men so long as they’re not the primary subject of the conversation, while others will demand a conversation where men aren’t mentioned at all
I think point #3 is the real rub. Even in stories where the lead is female, as in my current serial(s) the subjects still revolve around men and women relationships with them regardless of whether or not a man is present in the room. The reason that it bugs me is the same reason why it seems you can’t have a travelogue show without a Westerner to translate all this “foreign” culture to the TV audience back home (the Robinson Crusoe principle) and many other situations/tropes where the minority/under represented group is not allowed to speak by itself.
Now, on individual pieces of work, say a stand alone movie or book, I can understand ignoring the test, since shoehorn it in smacks more of tokenism than anything else, but unless your book series or video game is told/experienced exclusively from the first person male perspective, there is no excuse for it. I mean it strains the bounds of credibility that women will a) never have a conversation among each other in over a 100 episodes/three or more books, and b) that conversation has to be exclusively about men (I give it a pass if men are mentioned but not the main focus of the conversation).
It still bugs me though when it comes to my own work. Ignorance may breed competent, but awareness, however superficial tends to grow on you like an bad itch. At least the test succeeded in that, in nothing else.