Whoa! Reader Catherine Asaro — herself a well-known science-fiction author — writes to tell me that the rating criteria I developed for my massive 2015 project Where Are the Women? are being discussed this weekend at a panel on feminist film criticism at Virginia science-fiction and fantasy convention Ravencon 13.5. (Asaro is on the panel.) Here’s the panel description from the con program:
SATURDAY 2:00 PM
THE BECHDEL TEST VS THE JOHANSON ANALYSIS VS THE MAKO MORI TEST
Alandale – 50 minutes
A discussion of what constitutes feminist film-making. The Bechdel Test originated in Alison Bechdel’s comic from the ’80s-’90s, Dykes to Watch Out For. To pass, a film must feature at least two female characters, who talk, to each other, about something other than a man. Maryann [sic] Johanson, one of the top and longest running movie reviewers on the web, formulated the Johanson Analysis as part of a larger “Where are the Women?” campaign in 2014/2015. Mako Mori is a lead character in Pacific Rim, who is entirely strong and admirable, who is the heroine of the film, and who has a story arc that is not about her love-life. But Pacific Rim fails the Bechdel test; so, some have proposed a Mako Mori Test for films.
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Samantha Bryant (M)
“The Johanson Analysis”? My criteria has a catchy name like The Bechdel Test?!
I am floored and immensely flattered.
(Asaro tells me, too, that she has been putting together a Wikipedia page for — ahem! — The Johanson Analysis(!), but it’s not live yet. I will be screaming from the rooftops when it is. As I told Asaro when she told me this, there used to be a Wikipedia page for me as a film critic, but it was deleted because of reasons that would also seem to apply to male film critics who do still have their own active pages. *grrrrr*)
Seriously, though, I’m super delighted that people are still talking about Where Are the Women? — which examined the representation of every movie released wide in the US and the UK in 2015 — and the issues it raised. Though I wish we didn’t have to.