Bechdel Test Post #3

TRUE BLOOD: Season 3, Episode 26: Bad Blood

Bechdel Test for Women

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

2. At least two women talk to each-other: Sookie and Kenya. Sookie and Pam. Sookie and Tara. Sookie and Jessica. Tara and Arlene.

3. There were no conversations between two women that didn’t revolve around Bill or Eric. Tara and Arlene were fighting about race – but that conversation was spurred by the death of Eggs. There was a brief exchange between Tara and Lettie Mae – but it was being coaxed by a male reverend. The only line not uttered through or about a male was when Tara told her mother she was going to take a shower.

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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: Jason and Andy Bellefleur. Jason and Hoyt. Eric and the magistrate.

3. Jason and Andy discuss the death of Eggs. Jason and Hoyt talk about their life situation – Hoyt asks to move in. Eric and the magistrate discuss the sale of “V” in Louisiana.

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Bechdel Test for Race

1. It has two or more people of color in it (with names) – Tara, Lafayette, Lettie Mae

2. Tara and Lafayette. Lafayette and Lettie Mae.

3. Tara and Lafayette talk to one another about the death of Eggs. Lafayette and Lettie Mae talk to one another about Tara and their own relationship.

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This True Blood episode DOES NOT PASS the female test, PASSES the male test and PASSES the Bechdel Test for Race.

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THE GUILD Comic Book: Issues 1-3

Since these were all read in one grouping…I decided against doing a Bechdel test on each, so they will be measured as a unit.

Bechdel Test for Women

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

2. At least two women talk to each-other: Cyd and Clara in issue 2. Cyd and Tink in issue 3.

3. Cyd and Clara talk about the  rules of The Game and how to earn points. Cyd and Tink talk about arranging a raid, and later about joining The Guild.

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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: No men talk to each-other in issue 1. Zaboo and Bladezz in issue 2. Zaboo and Vork in issue 2. Zaboo and Bladezz in issue 3.

3. Zaboo and Bladezz discuss the game and homework. Zaboo and Vork discuss the game.

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Bechdel Test for Race

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

2. Two minorities talk to one another: Neither of the two characters interact with one another.

3. N/A

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Two issues PASS the female test (2/3), two issues PASS the male test (2/3) and none of the issues PASS the Bechdel Test for Race (0/3).


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AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER – Book Two (#8-20) and Three (#1-21)

Since these were all watched in one grouping…and there are thirty-four 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). Katara. Toph. Princess Azula. Mai. Ty-Lee. Sukey.

2. At least two women talk to each-other: Katara and Toph.  Katara and Hama. Azula and Ty-Lee. Azula and Sukey. Katara and Auzla.

3. Katara and Toph talk about Toph being lazy and going to a spa-day. They also argue and make-up when Toph is deceiving people and accuses Katara of being too motherly. Katara and Hama talk about blood-bending. Azula and Sukey exchange words when they fight, as do Katara and Azula.

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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 Zuko. Zuko and Uncle Iro have many conversations.

3. Aang and Sokka talk about the missions. Aang and Suko talk about fire-bending and their history together. Zuko and Uncle Iro talk about fire-bending and morality.

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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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Less than half of the episodes PASS the female test (15/34), all episodes PASS the male test (34/34) and PASS the Bechdel Test for Race (34/34).

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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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