"And I tried to remember any case in the course of my reading where two women are represented as friendsÖThey are now and then mothers and daughters. But almost without exception they are shown in their relation to men. It was strange to think that all the great women of fiction were, until Jane Austenís day, not only seen by the other sex, but seen only in relation to the other sex. And how small a part of a womanís life is that."
— Virgina Woolf
"Itís not that the Bechdel test identifies particularly good or feminist films. Itís that itís a low bar to clear that huge swaths of things simply donít."
"Lara Croft's breasts aren't mega enormous any more. No big boobs, no misogyny. They are the canaries of the industry's coal mine."
"After Cutthroat Island was released, [Geena] Davis wrote a letter to Entertainment Weekly telling them to never mention her again because of their 'mean-spirited, error-filled articles' about the movie. But as she said then, despite the fact that it flopped, she wasn't embarrassed by the film's high budget or how badly it did. She was happy that a 'film like this one can be on the shoulders of a woman.'
Now we know: Being expensive and bad isn't just for men. It's for women too, even if they only get one shot at it."
—Kate Dries, "Revisiting Cutthroat Island, the Feminist Pirate Movie That Failed"
"Uhuraís position on the bridge of the Enterprise was notably primarily due to her ethnicity Ė it was great to have an African American in such a prominent position. Uhuraís position is a lot less flattering viewed through a feminist lens Ė Nichelle Nichols has conceded that Uhura was essentially the Enterpriseís receptionist... While Deep Space Nine did better, itís still notable that their later mirror universe episodes were preoccupied with the notion that 'girls kissing girls are hot' and produced episodes like Profit and Lace. All of this is a very roundabout way of suggesting that Janeway was probably always going to be tough character for Star Trek to write, and that the show needed to be very careful with her."
"[Brannon] Braga had talked about T'Pol having her first pon farr several times long before this episode came out, with all the maturity you'd expect this topic to be given: none whatsoever. First, to get this out there, it was explicitly stated that it's something only the males undergo; Star Trek III made it clear. Now, I'm not saying this to say 'continuity error' (even though it is), but as an illustration of the attitude. Because I'm pretty sure the producers were not giddily discussing Tuvok's pon farr. They didn't even address it until Season Seven, in the b-plot of an episode that was so ludicrous, it made you forget the other part was even there!
And the ironic part is that Voyager did bring it up... but only to somehow give it to Torres, leading to—let me remind you if you have forgotten—a guy trying to beat a woman into unconsciousness so he could have sex with her while three men watched; or as it's known in Star Trek, feminism."
"Even when they formed their own religious group, these women still go on about shrivelled gonads and limp dicks. Talk about failing the Bechdel test."