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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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DC do seem to be more open to feedback (ETA - than they used to be), not of their own choosing but due to the constant pressure from women fans. There's a long way to go but it does seem to be improving. Hopefully Marvel will pick up as well.

Indie titles of course leave them both in the dust!

Edited at 2012-05-31 11:13 pm (UTC)

The indies can be awesome and they don't have the same assumption that girls are never going to read them. I find them a little harder to navigate since I never know what to expect. Though Buffy has always been a good choice (and I tend to trust Dark Horse)

It's good to hear that DC is taking feedback (finally) last year made me so freaking mad at them. Does this mean that it's safe for me to go back to buying comics from them? :P

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