|jmtorres (jmtorres) wrote,|
@ 2009-08-16 07:29 am UTC
|Entry tags:||fannish: vividcon, fannish: vividcon: vj, genre: bechdel, genre: femslash, life political: feminism, people: mother, people: sisterhood, vidding|
In 1985 in the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For, Alison Bechdel gave us this test to evaluate gender equality in a movie: 1) it has to have at least two women in it who 2) talk to each other about 3) something other than a man. This vid show is about the spirit of the Bechdel Test, showcasing vids about two or more women interacting and relating with each other, in ways that don't have anything to do with men. Femslash optional.
A fairly dry definition of the Bechdel Test, in case anyone didn't know; "femslash optional" was our wry comment on what we thought most vids-that-passed-Bechdel would be about. We were thrillingly shocked to find that vidders had found and shown and celebrated female characters having an incredible range of relationships and conversations. This is a show full of vids about: friendship, family, sisterhood, mothers and daughters, adopting each other, finding your place in the world, making your place in the world, being part of something bigger than yourself, death and grief, history, identity, societal roles and how to break out of them and the extent to which that's possible--and also, kicking ass, taking names, robots, cheerleading, rocking out, and hot lesbian sex.
Vid: I'm the Girl
Music: Heather Nova
Blurb: Amanda's all things to all people.
Link: Killa's vids are not available online.
Vid: Sister Don't Cry (premiere)
Fandom: Read or Dream (R. O. D. the TV)
Music: Collective Soul
Blurb: Chosen sisters have the strongest bonds.
Vid: The Middle
Vidder: Laura Faiss
Fandom: Gilmore Girls
Music: Jimmy Eat World
Blurb: Rory conquers high school.
Vid: Non Lievi Alchun
Music: Love is Colder than Death
Blurb: For it giveth unto all lovers courage.
Vid: I Want What I Want (premiere)
Fandom: Bionic Woman
Music: Lauren Christy
Blurb: The lives of bionic women.
Vid: Girl Anachronism
Music: Dresden Dolls
Blurb: She's fucking up (but she's trying for you).
Fandom: Dead Like Me
Music: Vienna Teng
Blurb: Sisterhood transcends death.
Vid: Swallowed (premiere)
Fandom: Bring It On
Blurb: Your traditional designated good girl activity is just a little unfulfilling.
Vid: Celebrity Skin (premiere)
Fandom: Josie and the Pussycats
Blurb: Fame sucks. Don't be a sell-out.
Vid: Black Betty
Vidder: bonibaru, remastered by niqaeli
Music: Ram Jam
Blurb: Cat fight!!!
Vid: She Walks (premiere)
Blurb: What gives you the right to do this to me?
Vid: Hera Has Six Mommies
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica
Music: Mash-up by Wax Audio (PJ Harvey vs Tori Amos vs Bjork vs Massive Attack)
Blurb: Motherhood crosses species lines.
Vid: Boulevard of
Music: Mash-up by Party Ben (Green Day vs Oasis vs Travis vs Aerosmith vs Eminem)
Blurb: The one girl in all the world is not, after all, alone.
Vid: I'm Your Man
Music: Patricia O'Callaghan
Blurb: Femslash extravaganza.
Part of my cunning plan in the order of this playlist was starting with a vid about a single woman, who interacted with both men and women, then go to vids about couples or small groupings of women, and then move up to vids about lots of women and arguably about the female condition. I know that some people thought that there were more vids that passed Bechdel more frequently that I could have put in. killabeez thought of other vids of her own. So, a question--did anyone feel cheated by the first vid? Too many mans? I love Amanda and one of the things I loved about that vid was that I found it without going looking for Bechdel vids. It was one of the vids that inspired me to want a whole show full of Bechdel vids.
What Bechdel Test means to me: This is not a girl power show specifically; positivity about women is only one kind of conversation that can happen between women and I wanted to show lots of conversations. I wanted families, lovers, professional relationships, talking about a wide range of topics, not all of which are "we're so awesome," to be more representative of the range of conversations we have in real life. When I was asking vidders for their vids, I found myself explaining that a lot: yes, it's fine that your vid is about women fighting each other, that's still an interaction between women that I want in my show (as long as they're not fighting over a man!).
A handful of comments on specific vids (I am not commenting on all specifically but I am deeply fond of them all or I would not have picked them for our show):
The moment in the Buffy vid Boulevard of that gets me is when I realized that shati had intercut and interfaded the wakening of all the Slayers at the end of the series with the rising up of the Sunnydale High School graduating class in season three: when I saw Cordelia in there, I realized this vid expanded the sharing of female power beyond the Slayers to ordinary women. We are all amazing.
Hera Has Six Mommies: This vid is beautiful, but I have never seen the show. Would any Battlestar Galactica fans like to
One thing that made it difficult to choose vids was that many vidders who make vids who pass Bechdel do it all the time, so there was the question of which of this vidder's awesome vids to use? The only reason it wasn't a question with charmax was that I'm Your Man had to be our show-closing number, without doubt. But you should go look at her other stuff if you want more! And check out what these other vidders have done as well.