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Bechdel Test- Gender Bias in Movies

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by Penumbra, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. MysticSang'ha

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    I generally get the impression that more aggressive males tend to try to influence other males to suppress the emotions outside of aggression. I am curious what the experience is from other men and boys, since I'm coming from a completely different perspective.

    On certain occasions, yes. Crying in either gender is generally seen as weakness. What I've come across is that though in some situations if a woman cries it generates sympathy, unless she is in an active caregiver mode. I've heard women chide other women if they cry or "show weakness" when they are caring for a sick or injured child, or an aging parent who might be terminal. In those situations, I've generally seen it to be forgiving for men to cry, which I have seen generates sympathy from others, but it seems expected for women to remain strong and to be there for those who are hurt, ill, or dying.
     
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    Both men and women are opressed with rigid stereotyping in one way and another. Totally agree with you on that.

    Society is advancing though and thats a good thing.

    I wonder how are e statistics on female script writters on male scrip writters, if their writtings tend to pass the bechdel test more often, if there is a statistical difference in gender of the movie (comedy, horror, etc) that makes it more prone to pass the test, etc.

    Arg, I wanted to make an experiment on that, now I actually could, I just wanna find a thread of mine I did the first time I wanted to try to put some quesiton and get some feedback before doing it. I think Ill delazy myself today and post again or just make a new thread xD
     
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    Yes, I ve seen that too.

    I think male "dont cry you ******" is very similar to "dont sleep with him you ****" kind of repression by shaming.

    Is the kind of stuff where the same gender tends to be way harder on itself than the opposite one. Truly an unfortunate case.
     
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    As a Male, I have drawn similarities between how (some) Men will grill other Men for crying, with how (some) Women will grill other Women who're promiscious. This of course is entirely anecdotal.

    I've seen more Women be critical of a Women for what she wears, or her sexual behaviour, and I've seen more Men be critical of a Man who cries and/or shows "weakness".

    I think it's got something to do with people not conforming to society's designated behaviour roles. Another example would be to compare the use of the word "whore" or "****", and how there doesn't appear to be a male example other than "Man-whore" or "Man-****", and how promiscuity is accpeted for a man's behaviour, but God-forbid if a Woman sleeps around then BURN HER!!!1
     
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    A cousin of mine told me he found my phase of dreads, purple hair, crazy manga-like outfits and Bohemian promiscuity very disturbing when he was a teen. I was surprised to hear that, but this is a kid who has spent his while life bending over backwards to "Fit in" and be popular. He was threatened by the idea there might be other motivations in life.

    Poor guy married his second girlfriend and had two kids. They're a miserable couple. I don't expect their marriage will last.
     
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    Pretty much. Men urge men not to cry women urge women not to "sleep around"

    Weird upside down crazy society we live in.
     
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    This is all actually happening. What the heck???
    To be honest though, it's probably because many people haven't gotten used to their protagonists being females, and I can admit I'd probably find it harder to follow at first if one of the major characters are women (with an exception for Resident Evil).

    But that's because I'm a male and would find it easier to relate to a character when they're closer to me, gender included, in the same way culture is included.
     
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    Ah, interesting parallel. I see what you're saying.
     
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    1-cooties

    2-she sounds like a mary sue
     
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