Bechdel Test Visualized

My sister shared these charts with me the other day, visualizing the proportion of movies that pass the Bechdel Test, which is made up of 3 rules as follows:

1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

This is of course named after famous cartoonist Alison Bechdel, whose long-running strip Dykes to Watch Out For basically always passed the test…  Even though in this case, which may actually be the very first strip, from 1987, it’s two lesbian women talking about women…  Seems like a technicality…

Cartoonist David Willis is always pointing out sexism in the geek world in Shortpacked!, and in his college webcomic Dumbing of Age he has a whole chapter called “The Bechdel Test” in which a Gender Studies class applies it to their own favorite movies:

Data visualization is another big emerging field in the library world apparently, so I was quite taken by those Bechdel charts.  Wish I’d thought about it first…

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Dinosaurs of a Feather

My last evolution-themed post was inexplicably super-popular, so I thought I’d try it again, especially since fellow science nerd Randall Munroe of xkcd is also getting in on the game:

Birds / Dinosaurs Evolution from xkcd

Copyright Randall Munroe

Dino-fan Dina from David Willis’ Dumbing of Age was a bird-as-dinosaur advocate even earlier though:

Birds / Dinosaurs Evolution Dumbing of Age comic

Copyright David Willis

Admittedly, it takes some mental reconfiguration to think of birds as dinosaurs, but then I see a sparrow hopping around on it’s scaly little legs, and I guess I can see it.  But there’s a certain TV nerd who’s been aware of the secret dinosaurs in our midst for even longer…

Also, check out Tuesday’s post for a one-act opera about Darwin by Justine F. Chen, who’s new opera about Turing is being performed tonight as part of the InsightALT festival of new opera.  It’ll be live-streamed here, at 7pm tonight.

Viruses Evolve Too

The new storyline over at David Willis‘ college sitcom webcomic Dumbing of Age starts off promising, with a brief but sweet exchange pitting sheltered creationist christian Joyce (the blonde) with awkward dino-loving evolutionist Dina (in dino hat).  It’s not the first time they’ve clashed over evolution, but this time Dina ain’t taking no prisoners!!!  And using flu shots to sneakily confront creationists about evolution?  Very clever Willis…

Apparently this set of strips was so popular (even more so than earlier lesbian kiss-themed strips) that it prompted a new evolution-themed t-shirt from Willis, available here.

6 Gay Cartoons in Search of an Author

C. Edwards' LGBT webcomic character fanart

C. Edwards‘ LGBT webcomic character fanart

Crossover webcomic fanart doesn’t come around too often, so C. Edwardsanalysis of six LGBT characters from some prominent webcomics is a fun find.

From left to right we have David Willis’ Shortpacked, Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne’s Oglaf, Scott Kurtz’s PVP, Danielle Corsetto’s Girls With Slingshots, Gisele Lagacé and Dave Zero’s Ménage à 3, and Gordon McAlpin’s Multiplex.  (I just featured Multiplex, and sexy duo Oglaf and Ménage à 3 were discussed earlier too.)

I think Edwards‘ evaluation of the characters is interesting, though maybe a bit unfair since they range from main to peripheral characters in comics of varying seriality/seriousness, but it’s neat to see his angular art applied to other characters.

His own comics, both gay- & humor-themed,  are fun and have the same peppy style.  Abel Boddy follows a sorta schlubby gay guy (though still way more fabulous than me) and his horndog guardian angel.  12 Inch Roommate, as you might guess, is way pornier, with a pair of roommates constantly tormented by their giant jock horndog of a roommate (definitely NSFW).

Guess I’m going to have an “erotica” tag now…