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.
If you or a woman you know seems to need more sleep, or is easily cranky if she doesn’t get enough sleep, there’s now science to back up the idea that women in general need more sleep than men, because of I don’t know uteruses or something probably.
For her project Sworn Virgins of Albania, photographer Jill Peters visited to the mountain villages of northern Albania to capture portraits of “burneshas,” or females who have lived their lives as men for reasons related to their culture and society. Many of the women assumed their male identities from an early age as a way to avoid the old codes that governed the tribal clans, which stated that women were the property of their husband.
As a biological fact, men can be fertile and still be sexually active well into their 70s or 80s. On the other side, once women hit menopause, or even shortly before, their libidos can plummet to nearly nothing. And for many couples this is fine. But for women who want to try and maintain a sex life with their partner into old age, this is a huge hurdle. Viagra and the like have been a godsend for men who want to keep up a sex life even when their bodies age, but what about women?