I think it was that Batman movie. People keep talking about movies they’ve seen lately and I just… haven’t seen movies. I wanted to catch Milk before it left theaters but now I’ll probably have to wait.
Then Genie reminded me accidentally why sometimes I just can’t get excited about the movies. Years and years ago, when I was a more vocal and angrier feminist (some of you out there might remember this), I’d go to the movies and go on about how I needed to see a film that passed 3 rules:
1. Is there more than one woman in the film
2. that talk to each other
3. about something other than men.
What I’d forgotten is that I got this from Alison Bechdel. Or perhaps I heard it on the internet and never did know the source, I can’t recall now. It’s probably been a decade now since I learned that ruleset, and it’s still just about as hard to see a film that passes as it was when I used to be more activist.
I did really like reading this article that was linked from the blog post. It reminded me why I should still be concerned. I don’t like to get angry any more; it’s not productive and it just hurts me more than it helps any one person or a cause. But that doesn’t mean that there is not still something very wrong.
As a footnote to this, I don’t often endorse graphic novels, but Bechdel’s Fun Home was absolutely worth reading.