Compiled by Kate Sassoon, April 2017
The Media PASSES...
- The Bechdel-Wallace Test
- If it has at least two women in it, who talk to each other, about something besides a man.
- The Sexy Lamp Test (mentioned here, original quote here).
- If replacing a woman character with a sexy lamp materially changes the plot.
- The Mako Mori Test (mentioned here)
- If it has at least one female character, who gets her own story arc, which is not about supporting a man’s story.
- The DuVernay Test
- If people of color have fully realized lives rather than serve as scenery in white stories.
- The Shukla Test
- If two ethnic minorities talk to each other for more than five minutes about something other than race.
- The Russo Test
- If it has at least one identifiably LGBT character, who is not solely defined by their LGBT-ness, and who matters to the plot.
- The Furiosa Test
- If it incites MRAs (Men's Rights Activists) to get mad about its feminism on the internet and call for a boycott.
More Tests from More Media
- The Basic Representation Test
- Does the media include a [POC/LGBTQ/non-Christian/disabled/poor] character? Does that character speak? Do they speak about something other than that trait?
- The Sphinx Test (theatre)
- This test asks: how prominently female characters feature in the action, whether they are proactive or reactive, whether the character avoids stereotype and how the character interacts with other women.
- The Finkbeiner Test (journalism)
- To pass the test, an article about a female scientist must not mention: That she is a woman, Her husband's job, Her child care arrangements, How she nurtures her underlings, How she was taken aback by the competitiveness in her field, How she's such a role model for other women, How she's the "first woman to..."
Author : Stephen Leake
Last modified: Thu Apr 6 14:17:55 CDT 2017