Failing the Test, Feeling the Guilt

Feminism has been on my brain like a catchy refrain. As an increasingly self-aware woman, it’s a concept that has become very important to me lately. I try to read as much as possible to become a better role model and feminist.

So I know all about the Bechdel Test–a simple, three question test to determine whether a film is woman-friendly. If you are unfamiliar, the Bechdel requirements that determine fem-friendliness are:

1. There must be two women,

2. Who talk to each other,

3. About something besides a man.

And I know that when a movie fails the Bechdel Test, it’s not a movie that realistically portrays women, and therefore I should try not to support such a movie. Right?

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“The Rule” by Alison Bechdel

 

I want to say yes. As a “good feminist” I want to agree with that statement, and swear off all of the patriarchy-supporting, manic-pixie-dream-girl filled cinema that has rooted itself in mainstream culture.

But I loved The Grand Budapest Hotel. And Super Troopers and Her and a whole bunch of other movies that failed the Bechdel Test. And that makes me feel…conflicted. Am I a terrible feminist for feeling this way?

Wes Anderson is pretty great
Wes Anderson is pretty great.

This question has gotten me all worked up and confused. I want to be socially conscious about my media consumption, but by doing so, I shut out a great majority of films. And I don’t want to close myself off and censor my viewership just because something is a little less lady-friendly. If I were to do that, I would be missing out on a lot of art–good, bad, and hilariously bad.  And I might even lose grasp of why the Bechdel Test is so important in the first place.

Seriously. I feel like a better person since learning about the Super Troopers “meow game.” Even though the film only featured a few women who didn’t ever talk to each other, the film itself is still hilarious and entertaining. Some may even refer to it as “a classic.”

So maybe I’m just trying to rationalize here, but I think I’m still a good feminist. Nobody is a perfect embodiment of anything, and to critique others (or myself) on their alignment with feminist ideals is a waste of breath. The point is caring enough to recognize why I’m even experiencing this crisis in the first place, and acknowledging that my taste in film and music sometimes conflicts with my political beliefs.

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“Girl in a Band”- A Title that Needs to Fade Away

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Kim Gordon is a successful songwriter, fashion designer, director, actor, author, mother, artist and musician, all in all this woman can do everything; so why is she still being called the “girl in the band?”.

Gordon’s span of rock and roll exceeds 30 years of hard work, but even with the release of her memoir last month, Girl in a Band: A Memoir, she’s still considered as such. In 1981, Gordon found her place in New York City with then boyfriend, Thurston Moore and friend, Lee Ranaldo. The trio began Sonic Youth soon after and the first couple years of the band was like Spinal Tap, going through a handful of drummers until they settled six years later with Steve Shelley. Sonic Youth was rocking during the punk phase in the 80s, kicking it to the alternative rock in the 90s, and are living legends in the new millennium. They are the “godfathers” of American rock underground. But as of now, the group is on hiatus to expand other creativity. As for Gordon, she has started a new rock band “Body/Head” with Bill Nace.

Gordon has sparked other women to carry out their rock and roll dreams. Just recently, Gordon was interviewed by Carrie Brownstein, a very successful rocker as well as an Emmy winner. Brownstein is the co-creator of Portlandia and has revived her all girl-rock band, Sleater-Kinney; just recently the band has released their first album since 2005. Their interview is filled with insight to Gordon’s memoir and her side of things as well as attempts to fill an hour of awkward silences.

Kim Gordon isn’t just a girl in a band; she’s a songwriter, author, artist and hard-rocking bassist that has been fighting stereotypes and society’s (and rock and roll’s) standards. She has proved time and time again that she can kick some ass and she isn’t afraid to do so. Gordon is an artist that has no limits and she’s been battling this label for over 30 years that desperately needs to fade away.

Jess Samson

Tune in to WCRX 88.1 FM every Thursday night 7-9pm Rebel Rock Radio with Jess Samson. 

The Point Is The Poetry

By Dj Ca$h Era
I’m  not very good at writing poetry, but when I say I love watching poetry being performed i’m not kidding. “Louder Than A Bomb” is going on right now and it is MIND BLOWING! These teens are able to hop up on stage and take all their courage to pour their hearts on a stage. I DJ the bouts, and just being a part of the experience is a blessing for me. If you get a free moment, you NEED to check these poets out. The bouts are going on all around Columbia’s campus. Get more info here: http://youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H3U68lhhjg

Dj Cash Era is on the air on wcrxfm.com and 88.1FM (search WCRX on the tune in radio app) every Tuesday morning 7am-11am CT

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