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Bechdel Test Post #2

GLEE EPISODE #22: Journey

Bechdel Test for Women

1. It has two or more women in it (with names)

2. At least two women talk to each-other: Rachel Berry and Quinn Fabray both talk to their mothers. Sue Sylvester talks to Olivia Newton John.

3. Rachel and her mother talk about Glee Club. Quinn Fabray talks to her mother about her pregnancy and future situation (the baby). Sue Sylvester talks to Olivia Newton John about the Glee Club regional performances.

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Bechdel Test for Men

1. It has two or more men in it (with names)

2. At least two men talk to each-other: Will Schuester and Principal Figgins.

3. Will Schuester and Principal Figgins talk to one-another about the status of Glee Club.

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Bechdel Test for Race

1. It has two or more people of color in it (with names)

2. Two minorities do not talk to one another

3. N/A

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This Glee episode PASSES the female test, PASSES the male test and DOES NOT pass the Bechdel Test for Race.

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AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER – Book Two, Episodes #1-7

Since these were all watched in one grouping…and there are seven of them I decided against doing a Bechdel test on each, so they will be measured in one group.

Bechdel Test for Women

1. It has two or more women in it (with names)

2. At least two women talk to each-other: Katara and Toph (the blind earth-bender). Princess Azula, Mai and Ty Lee.

3. Katara and Toph talk about why Toph does not let her parents know about her earth-bending skills. Princess Azula meets with Mai and Ty Lee to convince them to join with her.

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Bechdel Test for Men

1. It has two or more men in it (with names)

2. At least two men talk to each-other: Aang often talks to Sokka. He also converses with King Bumi.

3. Aang and Sokka talk about the missions. He converses with King Bumi about his training.

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Bechdel Test for Race

1. It has two or more people of color in it (with names)

2. Two minorities talk to one another: All of the main characters are people of color, and they interact every episode.

3. They talk amongst themselves about their journey, the situations they will encounter, and Aang’s training. White people are never mentioned or discussed.

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Only two episodes PASS the female test (2/7), all seven episodes PASS the male test (7/7) and PASS the Bechdel Test for Race (7/7).


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X-MEN: God Loves, Man Kills

Bechdel Test for Women

1. It has two or more women in it (with names) – Storm, Kitty Pryde, Illyana

2. At least two women talk to each-other: Kitty Pryde and Illyana Rasputin.

3. Kitty Pryde and Illyana talk about the deaths of their friends, and discover an electronic sensor module. They make a plan to determine who planted it on the property.

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Bechdel Test for Men

1. It has two or more men in it (with names)

2. At least two men talk to each-other: Colossus, Wolverine, Sabertooth and Nightcrawler all converse with one another. Magneto converses with everyone.

3. They discuss Stryker and his evil plans. They talk about rescuing their team mates. They discuss people who hate mutants. There is no conversation specifically about a woman.

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Bechdel Test for Race

1. It has two or more people of color in it (with names).

2. Two minorities talk to one another: Mark and Jill.

3. They talk about their parents who were killed and how to escape the white people who are hunting them.

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This graphic novel PASSES the female test, PASSES the male test and just barely PASSES the Bechdel Test for Race.

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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

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