Here’s some stuff from the Internets that I was happy to read and know about.
The Bechdel Test was developed by Allison Bechdel in the ’90s. It states that to pass this “test” a movie :
- has to have at least two women in it,
- who talk to each other,
- about something besides a man.
Bechdel went on to write a graphic novel titled Fun Home that was then made into a Tony Award-winning musical. I was fortunate enough to see it this past July.
It was an incredible experience to watch that show in the Roundabout Theater in New York City. The story is so encompassing of our time just past and now in hindsight makes for poignant realizations about love, life, and family. There is a child actress who plays one of the main roles and for me it is so fascinating to watch (live!) talent at such a young age. The actress I watched perform was 11 years old.
So, these made up films would definitely pass the Bechdel Test.
Realistic Female-Driven Film Treatments from LennyLetter.com
2. Elizabeth Gilbert on Failure Huffington Post
I haven’t read anything by Elizabeth Gilbert since Eat Pray Love and while I did love the book when I read it, something about its ubiquitousness back then (almost 10 years ago) started to wear on me.
Signature of All Things? Is it worth a read? Someone chime in and let me know.
Now, this article from several months ago IS worth a read.
Can we lighten up a little?
THAT indeed is the best takeaway from this piece.
The Best Thing You Can Do For Yourself — And All the Other Woman Around You
3. I’m a co-leader of my daughter’s 1st grade & 2nd grade Girl Scout Troop. This is one of those things that when I am older and my kids are older, I will be so glad I got to spend this time with her and her friends. It’s like banking a no regrets attitude for 20 years from now.
Plus it’s my duty to read articles like this one and to pass them on. I have purpose!