Firstly, regarding those who still argue about “staying the course” in Iraq:
Secondly, I’ve been thinking about applying the
Mo Movie Measure Bechdel-Wallace Rule to reorganising my SF collection, giving pride of place to those novels which pass it and relegating the rest to the less convenient shelves.
For those who’ve not come across it before, the Bechdel-Wallace Rule for feminist moviegoing is as follows:
- The film must have
- at least two named women in it, who
- talk to each other, about
- something other than a man.
Moving away from SF and movies, I’m glad to say that Jane Austen passes the Bechdel-Wallace Test with flying colours, as the many women in those novels talk to each other all the time about various factors influencing societal status that involve matters of character, discretion and honour among women quite separately from the men of their communities. Indeed, Austen’s characters all spend at least as much time discussing marriage as an institutional necessity than they actually spend discussing individual men as potential husbands.