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Women in Comics: DC vs Marvel, The Bechdel Test
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thalestral wrote in feminist_geeks
I'm a comics journalist, and normally my writing focuses on women creators in comics and the portrayal of women characters. But the Bechdel Test is so famous, and so equally derided by a lot of the general readership, that I figured it was worth a go to Bechdel Test ALL THE THINGS.



Or at least the comics I had to hand. I also did a Reverse Bechdel Test alongside the normal test, to help illustrate the divide between the portrayal of men and women in comics.

Obviously the Bechdel Test is just one aspect of looking at the issue as a whole, but I found the results surprisingly encouraging. At least for DC, where the results showed a lot of balance across my titles, and where the women led titles like Batwoman helped pick up the slack. And normally I'm focusing on all the other angles, so it was a nice change.

The full article is here: Women in Comics: DC vs Marvel, The Bechdel Test

Happily, the discussion I've seen about this piece on other forums is mostly guys saying the Reverse Bechdel Test has made them see the imbalance properly. So feel free to share :D
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I don't know if I'd necessarily say that; Marvel's women are generally very independent as characters, but not in terms of like, having their own series, because that's just not how Marvel rolls (most of Marvel's male characters don't have their own series, usually just the big names who've been around for literally over fifty years). Marvel mostly writes team-based comics. I don't really think this is a flaw... especially when you're trying to choose between Marvel's "hey this team has several amazing independent women!" and DC's "hey we're gonna write a comic about a woman and have the first page feature her on her hands and knees scrounging for dollar bill tips at a strip club!"

I didn't mean they're not independent in their lives, like "independent woman living on her own," I meant they're not independent as in they don't have their own titles. And I also said "it doesn't mean they're better."

Edited at 2012-05-31 10:50 pm (UTC)

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