In 1985, author and cartoonist Alison Bechdel wrote a comic strip that established her “Rule” for watching movies— it must have more than 2 named female characters and these characters must have a conversation at some point in the film about something other than men. It sounds like a pretty easy standard, but about 90% of the films now and ever would fail— all of the Star Wars movies, all of the Lord of the Rings movies, all but one Harry Potter movie, Pulp Fiction and almost every superhero action movie, unless you count the ones with the last minute girl-on-girl shit talking beat-up scene as conversation.
Now many movie theaters in Sweden have decided to use this simple test to highlight gender inequality in film, by giving a movie an A rating if it passes, a failing mark if it doesn’t. So that leaves… The Hunger Games… Bridesmaids… Carrie… ummmm… Steel Magnolias. I think that’s about it. No, Black Swan. There was some cunning linguistics in that one.
Road blocks set up by rioters
The Swedish man got the charge lifted, after a woman accused him of masturbating in front of his living room window.
Across Europe, from Paris to Stockholm, women stood outside the embassies of Arabic nations topless, protesting the second-rate citizen status in many Muslim majority countries. There are pics below and they are NSFW.
Recently making the rounds in the news and on blogs is this year’s Christmas toy catalog from Swedish Toys R Us licensee Toy-Toy Group. Unlike every other toy catalog, the Toy-Toy catalog doesn’t conform to rigid gender stereotypes about what boys like and what girls like, instead showing boys having fun with kitchen playsets and girls having fun with toy guns. I know, it’s pretty shocking stuff, girls wanting to play with toy cars. Gasp!
Since the 1920s, Swedish officials in the town of Sel have been holding on to a mysterious package put together in 1912. The package is a bit bulky, and explicitly instructed on the outside not to be opened until 2012. What was inside? Gold? Stocks? Diamonds?