homura:

we should add another A onto the acronym so we have one for asexual and another for asexual and none for allies

one for aces and one for aros, even.
(and none for gretchen ally, bye)

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Anonymous asked: why is the bechdel test useless?

lisaquestions:

brinconvenient:

lisaquestions:

bartimaeass:

AW MAN I WAS HOPING SOMEONE WOULD ASK THIS OK HERE WE GO ESSAY TIME

(NOT UNDER A CUT BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THIS IS IMPORTANT)

I have a lot of problems with the Bechdel test, as you’ve probably noticed. It’s not like I think it’s pointless, per se — it was created for a good reason — I just think that it doesn’t really do anything.

First off, what is it even measuring? TVTropes cites it as, “a sort of litmus test for female presence in fictional media”. But what does that mean? Just because there are women in something, doesn’t mean that something has great female representation.

For example: Twilight. Twilight is terrible for representation. Its main message is (regardless of what Smeyer intended it to be), “you should change your entire personality, lifestyle, and group of friends just so that a Boy will come along and make your life better.” It romanticizes an abusive relationship, encourages young girls to not go to college so that they can be with their first boyfriend, and is basically just Really Bad All Around. 
But it passes the Bechdel testThere are at least ten named female characters (Bella, Jessica, Angela, Lauren, Renee, Alice, Jane, Esme, Rosalie, Victoria, and probably more that I don’t remember, because I only ever read the first two books with any degree of interest), many of whom interact separately with each other, and most of whom have at least one conversation about something other than boys! And yet, nobody can argue that Twilght is anything resembling a bastion of feminism or whatever. 

On the other hand, let’s talk about a great example of female representation in (hugely popular!!!!!) media.

This is Chell. Chell is the protagonist of Valve’s smash hit puzzle games, Portal and Portal 2.

If you don’t know that, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past seven years.

Now, Chell is a fantastic character: she’s (1) a woman, who (2) isn’t sexualized, (3) doesn’t have a love interest (unless you count her and GLaDOS’s creepy blackrom rivalry, but even that is not a standard heterosexual pairing), and (4), perhaps most importantly, isn’t white (if we’re going by her face model Alesia Glidwell, she’s Brazilian and Japanese). All of these things are really important, because both Portal games did incredibly well: the first Portal sold over four million copies, excluding Steam, while the second one became the top-selling video game in the country within its first week.

And yet, Portal does not pass the Bechdel test. The first one technically doesn’t even have two named female characters — Chell’s name is only given by the developers, never stated in-game — but, even saying that “well, we know her name at all, so it counts”, they do not have a conversation. About anything. Because (5) Chell is disabled — she’s mute.

So Chell is a fantastic, fantastic protagonist, for so many reasons, and in the first Portal game, 100% of the on-screen characters are female (Doug doesn’t count, as he’s never seen, and in fact his gender isn’t stated at all until the second game). Yet it doesn’t pass the Bechdel test! Neither does the second one, because again, Chell is mute — even though there are still more female characters than male ones (GLaDOS, Chell, and Caroline, vs. Wheatley and Cave Johnson. Spheres and turrets don’t count.)

So,

(1) Just because there are multiple-named-women-who-have-a-conversation-about-something-other-than-a-man, doesn’t mean that a work is particularly empowering for women, and in fact can be outright detracting (Twilight);

(2) Just because there aren’t multiple-named-women-who-have-a-conversation-about-something-other-than-a-man, doesn’t mean that a work is not extremely empowering for women (Portal);

and therefore (3) The Bechdel test is a flawed system that doesn’t actually serve to prove any valid point towards feminism or representation.

The end.

Basically the Bechdel test is a witty snipe at how women are frequently treated in film because of sexism, not a rule for identifying truly feminist and not sexist work.

It originated in a Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip, with the punchline being that the character who applied the test had only seen Alien.

giddygirlgumption
and I were talking about this after I posted it. She had read DTWOF and she’d told me the original intent of the test. She pointed out that, since Alison Bechdel is a lesbian, there’s an additional element of representation in her wanting to see more women talking about things other than men.

Yes, this too.

the point is, portal doesn’t pass the bechdel test, but it wouldn’t pass the reverse (two male characters have a conversation not about a woman) either.
and passing the bechdel test isn’t supposed to be an ACCOMPLISHMENT but like the lowest possible bar (assuming there are enough chars in it for the test to be coherent, portal isn’t); if it doesn’t pass the bechdel test but does pass the men version, that’s really really pathetic, and it’s an indictment of the creators for not including more women, for never letting women interact

Source: bartimaeass
theliberaltony:


Experts have repeatedly debunked the myth that transgender non-discrimination laws give sexual predators access to women’s restrooms, but that hasn’t stopped conservative media outlets from promoting fake news stories to fear monger about trans-inclusive bathrooms.
For as long as the transgender community has fought for protection from discrimination in public spaces, conservatives have peddled the myth that sexual predators will exploit non-discrimination laws to sneak into women’s restrooms.
That fear has been an extremely effective tool for scaring people into voting against even basic protections for transgender people, which is why conservatives routinely use the phrase “bathroom bill" to describe laws prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations. When conservative media outlets attack non-discrimination laws for transgender people, they almost exclusively focus on bathroom and locker room facilities.
But that fear is baseless - completely unsupported by years of evidence from states that already have non-discrimination laws on the books. In a new 
Media Matters report, experts from twelve states - including law enforcement officials, state human rights workers, and sexual assault victims advocates - debunk the myth that non-discrimination laws have any relation to incidents of sexual assault or harassment in public restrooms

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theliberaltony:

Experts have repeatedly debunked the myth that transgender non-discrimination laws give sexual predators access to women’s restrooms, but that hasn’t stopped conservative media outlets from promoting fake news stories to fear monger about trans-inclusive bathrooms.

For as long as the transgender community has fought for protection from discrimination in public spaces, conservatives have peddled the myth that sexual predators will exploit non-discrimination laws to sneak into women’s restrooms.

That fear has been an extremely effective tool for scaring people into voting against even basic protections for transgender people, which is why conservatives routinely use the phrase “bathroom bill" to describe laws prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations. When conservative media outlets attack non-discrimination laws for transgender people, they almost exclusively focus on bathroom and locker room facilities.

But that fear is baseless - completely unsupported by years of evidence from states that already have non-discrimination laws on the books. In a new 
Media Matters report, experts from twelve states - including law enforcement officials, state human rights workers, and sexual assault victims advocates - debunk the myth that non-discrimination laws have any relation to incidents of sexual assault or harassment in public restrooms
Read More

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yiffmebabyonemoretime:

yiffmebabyonemoretime:

if i had a dime for everytime an adult man made me feel uncomfortable

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farorescourage:

italicizedkurt:

worthyourweightinfanfiction:

adreamofmirrors:

thosebowleggedhunters:

zeromorph:

#his expression and the lighting makes him look like a chicken loving supervillain (via)
would you say it looks like he’s… up to something fowl?

*groans loudly*

Wonder if he’s popular with the chicks.

with a cock like that? of course!


*GROANS LOUDLY*

farorescourage:

italicizedkurt:

worthyourweightinfanfiction:

adreamofmirrors:

thosebowleggedhunters:

zeromorph:

#his expression and the lighting makes him look like a chicken loving supervillain (via)

would you say it looks like he’s… up to something fowl?

*groans loudly*

Wonder if he’s popular with the chicks.

with a cock like that? of course!

*GROANS LOUDLY*

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black-quadrant:

surround yourself with people who

  • praise you because they mean it
  • don’t want anything but your company
  • do their best to understand you
  • you feel like you can confront if you need to
  • (know they can confront you lovingly in turn)
  • make you feel comfortable
  • stick with you through good and bad times
  • are positive influences on your everyday life

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nonbinaryscary:

Insult:
Interacting with you is like when you’re reading fanfiction and the het background ship gets mentioned.

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spacedyke:

elijahelegia:

Btw, since apparently no one noticed:

As of this April, all Connecticut insurance will be required to cover transgender treatments.

If you are a trans person and your insurance is based in in CT, you should be able to get coverage.

Tell your friends, because I didn’t know

oh hey this is effective now, by the way

'treatments' in what sense?
hormones? counseling? that ‘well if it’d be covered by insurance for other reasons’ deal that pays for mastectomies but no other surgeries? bottom surgery? electro/laser?

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Source: elijahelegia

lisaquestions:

gaywitchesforabortions:

gaywitchesforabortions:

Ruben and Sparta aren’t actually related but they love each other to bits

reblogging myself cos this is still the cutest thing ever

Extremely so.

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Source: gaywitchesforabortions

mayakern:

seasonal fashion according to me

god i hate summer

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Source: mayakern
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