Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dollhouse Is Feminist (Part 6: 1x04)

(See the video version here)

The fourth Dollhouse episode, “Grey Hour”, starts with Echo in the mountains as a midwife. Even though we never return to these mountains, they are memorable enough for Echo to remember them past several mind-wipes, but more on that later. Echo is imprinted with the identity of a woman called Taffy. It’s highly implied she’s a prostitute.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Bechdel Test is Flawed

The Bechdel test, used for determining female presence in movies, is flawed. It wasn't started to be a concept for serious feminist film analysis; it was just a joke in a one-shot comic where a lesbian character describes her rule for seeing movies. Because it wasn't defined in a sufficiently thorough way, it becomes difficult to use it for analysis.

The original Bechdel test (actually written by Liz Wallace, so it should be called the Wallace test) had three rules:
  1. The film has to have at least two women in it
  2. Who talk to each other about
  3. Something other than a man
The character then notes that Alien passes because Ripley and Lambert talk to each other about the monster.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sympathy for the Doctor: Reinterpreting Doctor Who

As an atheist, I don’t believe in Satan/Lucifer, but the character as a rebellious figure has some appeal. I think a lot of atheists agree. The Church of Satan is a just a group of atheists who admire the figure and want to piss off Christians. Now, Satan wouldn’t be a just leader, but on the other hand, neither would God. The only reason God is good is because God is first and gets to define what good is for his people. This is not good as humans, specifically modern Westerners, would typically define morality. I find a Doctor Who storyline to inadvertently illustrate God’s tyranny and why an Adversary would be attractive.