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.
: I'd also like to note that there is literally only one scene where any female characters appear in either of these issues, and this is it. Naturally, they do not speak. David
: OOH LOOK AT LAURA HUDSON AND HER RADICAL FEMINIST AGENDA. There you go, commenters. I saved you the trouble!
was a show conceived in feminist or at least pro-woman terms. Conceived by a woman writer-producer, Jeri Taylor, along with Michael Piller, Voyager
was the first Trek series with a woman Captain. Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) was an interesting mixture of Kirk-style heroics, nurturing, maternal sensitivity, and thoughtfully enquiring scientific curiosity (Janeway is a scientist as well as a Captain; unfortunately, this aspect of her persona was downplayed in later years
). Whereas Voyager
had a strong female Captain, Janeway and several other strong women characters, Enterprise
features two female characters who represent two sides of the debased woman in patriarchy, the tough woman denounced by hostile males
and the fumbling, wan hysteric.
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.