true, true

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 | No Comments »

from this pitchfork article:

Cross-gender identification is harder, I think, for boys, in part because media present the perspective as the “normal” or default point of view. Only in the last year did I become aware of the Bechdel Test, which searches for films that meet three criteria:

  1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
  2. Who talk to each other
  3. About something besides a man

There are far fewer than you might think. And if this is the world you grow up in, seeing “life” reflected back at you with movies that don’t have these three qualities, boys and girls alike internalize the idea that men are the actors in art and creativity, and women are tangential. If you grow up with this reality, I think it’s fair to assume that women will have an easier time identifying with male singers than vice versa.

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