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In the 90s, I wrote my first op-ed about the Jonesboro shootings, which killed girls and a teacher.  The killer was a woman-hater who was targeting women. During the week  following the Santa Barbara killings, articles came out about the hashtags #notallmen and the response #yesallwomen developed by a woman named Kaye, who was subsequently harassed and had to take down her Twitter.  Anita Sarkeesian of the vlog Feminist Frequency was similarly harassed when doing research on men’s violence in video gaming.  She was threatened, hacked and stalked. The examples under #yesallwomen on Twitter are sad, mind-blowing and anger inducing.  That our brothers and fathers and grandfathers and male partners do not “get it” is also sad, mind-blowing and anger inducing.

A few tweets, videos and articles that succinctly get to the point are linked below.

One tweet I love by @tarynoneill,

And this video by a smart and sassy sexual educator succinctly labels the problem:

These four articles are also good takes on this epidemic.

Mother Jones

The New Yorker

Slate.Com

The Chronicle

But here we are, less than a month later, and this is another news story that has passed us by.  I began writing this three weeks ago, but stopped with a mere draft.  Looking back, I think I needed a break from writing about the killing of women by men.  Then I had to spend a week in Atlanta learning about sexual violence prevention and education.  That was exhausting, mostly because of the redundancy but also because the subject wears on you.

Preventing violence and supporting victims is part of my job and has been for almost twenty years.  But it’s tiring.  Change is slow. Even slower is institutional change.  For years, it’s been the job of the “women’s center” to prevent violence and advocate for victims.  Why is that?  Shouldn’t it be the institution’s job?  Shouldn’t this be a problem that the community would want to fix?

If we take global warming, as an example.  I don’t think anyone (who agrees it is a problem) would say they didn’t have some responsibility in trying to end it.  I have to examine my own environmental footprint and do what I can to reduce it.  I recycle, I compost, my partner re-purposes practically everything I want to throw out.  We are on the hunt to be more energy-efficient.  We switched from oil to gas this year.  We are looking into solar . . .

I’m sure many people do these things and believe it is their responsibility.

But rape?  I don’t know.  The World Health Organization cites these statistics on sexual violence:

Recent global prevalence figures indicate that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
On average, 30% of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence by their partner.
Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.
Situations of conflict, post conflict and displacement may exacerbate existing violence and present new forms of violence against women.

This semester we held a comprehensive Sexual Assault Awareness Month, as we normally do.  We had a record turnout out for an event called Project Unbreakable.  This project allows survivors to write out messages to their rapists as a form of healing.  During the Q&A, I asked if the speakers and founders if they felt there had been any “less” violence since starting their work.  They were both very hopeful about it.  Later, one of the women wrote about how I was disheartened and burnt out, because I hadn’t seen any change in 20 years.  I was challenging them to look at how much worse the media representation of women is and that, for me, is a sign that things are getting worse, not better.

It was one of those moments where either I realize I am burnt out or old.  Maybe my lifetime of doing this work can’t equate to a 25 year or 30-year-old in the thick of it.  She doesn’t remember at time when television didn’t even depict women, much less as a sexualized object.

We need a change.  And it begins with every one of us.  Not just the women.  Not just the feminists.  Not just those working in the violence against women movement. What about you?

Reviewers, Representation and Bullshit

I blogged in March about the lack of female theatre critics. Click here.  Recently, I found an article about the top 50 film critics.  The article examined how film reviewers stacked up against their peers in terms of whether they tended to critic with the crowd, so to speak.  But what most intrigued me about this list was the percentage of women (of course!).  Of the top fifty film critics, how many do you think are female?  Twelve! 24%.  Less than a quarter. Bullshit.

Then I see this story in Women and Hollywood last week about the fat shaming British male reviewers of Opera singer Tara Erraught.   I didn’t even think there was such a thing as a skinny Opera singer.  Alice Coote, a peer of Erraught’s wrote an open letter critiquing this body hatred by these male reviewers, explaining that the voice is the instrument, in this case, and body shaming Opera singers will do nothing for the genre.

But again, I go back to the source.  Women are continually under-represented as writers in this media.  I harp on this issue, maybe too much, but things are never going to change if the same people are the ones doing all the criticism.  And we need to start complaining about this.

Let’s look again at numbers of female writers in the big papers.  28% in the New York Times, 23% in the Washington Post and 20% in the Wall Street Journal.  Bullshit.

62% of books reviewed by The New York Times between 2008 and 2011 were written by men.  Bullshit.

Men are quoted five times more than women in news articles and a Women’s eNews story reported that only 24% of news subjects in 7,000 news stories and 14,000 news sources were women.  Bullshit.

Men are writing the world, responding to the world, critiquing the world and running the world.  18.2% of women are in the House of Representatives and 20% of the Senate.  That’s not even a quarter when we’re well over half the population.  And if we take this topic globally, only 22 women run the 196 countries on Earth.  11%.  Bullshit.

Until women and the men who love them, or give a damn about equality and balance, start pissing and moaning about how we’re MIS-represented on the planet, we’re only getting half of the truth.  I’m reviewing my first play as an “official” theatre reviewer tomorrow.  I think I am one of none in the Rhode Island theatre scene.  Baby steps or bullshit?

Women must write op-eds and submit them to papers.  Continually ask questions about who is behind the story, who is writing the story, who is in the story, and who is telling the story.  Demand, as a consumer of media, that you get full representation. And call bullshit wherever you see it.

 

Positive Women Role Models Non Existent

There is an advertisement out by General Electric called “What My Mom Does at GE.”

It’s just lovely.  It doesn’t exactly describe whether her mom is an engineer (it seems like it) or what her title is, but it is clear that this woman is a scientist and she builds and designs things.  And her daughter is proud.  The feminine pronoun used throughout the commercial is “she.”  This is positive.  So positive, in fact, that I am blogging about it.

I did a talk in 2012 for the UMass Dartmouth Kaput Center’s Interdisciplinary Colloquium Series called “Choosing Science:  Succeeding without Visible Role Models.”  I ask how girls go into science when there are no positive representations of female scientists in any media, except for a few forensic crime scene investigators.

When is the last time you saw a commercial that represented a woman as a scientist?  If these representations are so few and far between, what is all that junk we are seeing in the middle?  I could write 20 blogs about bad commercials to every good one.  This Business Insider article provides a pretty depressing look at print ads for women through the years.  In a Google search “positive representations of women in commercials,” I got ZERO hits.  The horribly sexist EU video “Science:  It’s a Girl Thing!” almost makes things worse, until you check out this website.

I’m good with the world if I stay on Netflix, avoiding commercials.  But some days I need a dose of Colbert and Stewart and I’m left seething.  Huff Post did a list of bad commercials in 2012 (Gag warning!).  Seeing some of these commercials makes me wonder how people are even ALLOWED, by law, to put this shit on television.  If these were depictions of children being treated like this, people would freak.  But, whatever, it’s just girls, er . . . I mean women.

The Superbowl is yet another great opportunity to poorly depict women.  See this post.  And as we live in a world where girls and women are simply a commodity that should be bought and sold, never educated (See our #BringBackOurGirls campaign at UMass Dartmouth Center for Women, Gender, & Sexuality’s Facebook Page), and even selectively reduced, I am left to ask the misogynist male leaders of the world where they think more boys are going to come from?   Keep reducing the number of females on the planet and I can assure you, you will lessen the time on earth in which you can rule.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: the White House Addresses Sexual Violence

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Last week the White House released the highly anticipated “The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault.”  This task force is charged with coming up with recommendations and FAQ’s to help colleges deal with sexual violence as well as the often conflicting rules set up by the two government departments, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice.

As someone who has been working in the field of higher ed for over twenty years and doing sexual violence work for all of that time, the media frenzy this has incited makes me want to puke.  First, there’s the PSA’s.  Then there’s the 23 page report, listing all the components that schools need to be doing.  You can find that here, along with all kinds of other information for schools.  Then there’s the news coverage over the past week every time you turn on the radio or the tv.

First I want to say, “Hallelujah!  Praise Jesus! the White House gives a shit about rape!”  Why now?  After years of sweeping this issue under the rug and calling it a “women’s” issue, now the government cares?  The Violence Against Women Act has been in place since 1994.  It took 20 years to look at college campuses?  Really?  Is this because of all these high level investigations going on by the Office of Civil Rights, under the Department of Education?  Or is this all Joe Biden (don’t get me wrong, I think Biden gets it.)?

And in the meantime, is anyone going to take the time to talk about the schools that are doing it right or have been plugging along, with no funding and no support for years and years and years?  My department, which is primarily responsible for sexual violence prevention and education, has been staffed by a director and an administrative assistant since 1998.  Since 2008 we have gotten funding for 1/2 time graduate assistants, during the school year, to help with this work.  And this year, after being awarded a $300,000 grant by the Department of Justice’s Office for Violence Against Women, we hired our first full time person.  No one at my institution ever felt this topic rose to the level that hiring someone else was critical.  And I’m sure I’m not alone with my sisters (yes, most of them are sisters) running Women’s Centers or running Sexual Violence offices at most colleges and universities.

I mean, let’s just look at Harvard College for a minute.  They have had a sexual assault program, called the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response.  A good colleague/friend of mine was their first director in 2003.  They’ve had two other Directors since and now include two other professional staff and two interns.  But even with this office in place, it appears that staff either do not connect students to this office or students are unaware of it.  Here is a recent open letter to Harvard published in their student newspaper.

Again, I question all this attention, now, to these issues because of high profile cases filed with the Office of Civil Rights.  Is this really what it had to come to?  Women having to file complaints with OCR to get their day in court?  And now, universities are scrambling to cover their asses, like I have never seen before.  Just do a simple search on higheredjobs.com for Title IX investigator.  I came up with seven positions.

Furthermore, posting the list of 55 schools who are being investigated, in my opinion, is just a scare tactic by the federal government to show universities that they are “serious” about sexual violence.  If you were so “serious” about it, why has it taken 20 years to actually start conducting these investigations?  Why is it only now that we have PSA’s of famous male actors talking to other men about being respectful to women.  Again, more puke.

Sexual violence has been a problem longer than any of us were alive.  No one has figured out how to stop it.  Globally it’s an epidemic that includes human trafficking.  But now that a few fancy privates, whose hallowed halls contain our next president or governor, are under attack, the government has decided to make this one of their top agenda items.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for ending rape, rape culture, domestic violence and stalking.  I’m just another female statistic who has experienced the full gamut, including the ever popular street harassment.  But I’m tired.  It’s tiring doing this work.  It’s tiring helping women become sexually assertive about their needs in a climate that teaches them to be passive and submissive.  It’s tiring begging for dollars and people.  It’s tiring asking administrators to pay attention to this. It’s tiring convincing people to come to the table.

And it’s tiring having to defend the issue.  Teaching sexual violence to young people is not easy.  So many of them have bought into the notion that women are to blame and, “oh those poor men who get accused of rape.”  There’s always that person in the room whose friend was wrongly accused by some lying scheming bitch (even though we know that false reports average under 8%).   I wrote in my blog last year about a young woman who blamed the victim in a skit on date rape for our first year students.  She said to the actress playing the rape victim “You deserve what you got and you should get off the floor crying like a little bitch.”  You can see my struggle.

I guess I will end by thanking the federal government, and the White House for finally giving a shit about rape.  Thanks for that.  But I ask you to question this media attention.  Ask why now, when it has been so prevalent in our culture for so long.  What is being done at the grammar school level to end rape culture? What is being done by the media that perpetuates it in so many ways, but especially with all the SVU Crime shows.   It’s too late, in many respects, to address prevention when they get to college.  But we do it anyway.  And now we do it because the federal government told me to.

 

A Good Week for Hate

It was a good week for racism and hate.  Two so-called “leaders” decided to make public statements about African-Americans and slavery, causing a stir. The first, LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, in a recorded conversation with his girlfriend, Vivian Stiviano, who is Mexican and African-American, admits he doesn’t like it when his girlfriend takes pictures with black people?  WHAT????

— “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)

— “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want.  The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.” (5:15)

“I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)

— “…Don’t put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me.  And don’t bring him to my games.” (9:13)

Listen to the full audio here, if you can stand it.

I loved President Obama’s response, “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here.”

About the same time as Sterling was spouting his own personal racism with his mixed race girlfriend, Nevada Rancher, Cliven Bundy (I’m sorry, but doesn’t his name creep you out just a little?), was quoted in The New York Times  “referring to black people as ‘the Negro’ and recalling a time decades ago when he drove past homes in North Las Vegas and saw black people who ‘didn’t have nothing to do.’ He said he wondered if they were ‘better off as slaves’ than ‘under government subsidy'” (See ABC News story here).  Republican supporters of Bundy are quickly backing away. Surprise, surprise.

We can chalk this up to white male privilege and ignorance or we can dig deeper and examine the profound roots of racism that still cling to the dirt that is this country.  We should talk about these issues with young people and support organizations, like the YWCA, whose work on racial justice is about raising young people who do not hold these outdated, yet still so prevalent ideologies.

The YWCA’s Stand Against Racism, which took place last Friday, is a great example of how to publicly and positively address racism.

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What do you to stand against racism?  Are you comfortable calling it out?  Do you tell people when their words offend you?  Do you share information about racist people like Bundy and Sterling so others are aware?  Do you boycott organizations and businesses who promote hate?  Do you work to diversity your workplace?  Your friendships? Are you a member of the YWCA?  If not, here’s how to join.

Let’s hope next week is a good week for love.

Reflections on Free to Be You and Me Turning 40

Last month I mailed a copy of the CD version of Free to Be You and Me, the 1974 musical collection developed by Marlo Thomas to my feminist friend who is having her first baby.  Thomas got her “famous” friends together (Alan Alda, Rosey Grier, Tom Smothers, Diana Ross, Mel Brooks, Billy de Wolfe, Carol Channing, Dick Cavett, and Shirley Jones) to make this album of songs and stories as an antidote to the lack of gender free toys and books on the shelves as she searched for a birthday gift for her niece.  (Imagine getting this present from your Aunt Marlo?).

I don’t know how old I was when my parents gave me this album, but it came with a songbook of the words and I learned every one of them.  As I entered adulthood, I made copies for baby shower favors for my brother and for my best friend.  And while a 40 year old songbook seems dated, it is still very relevant.

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Christina Hoff Sommers provides a trenchant tribute in her March 11th Time Magazine article “‘Free to Be’ Boys and Girls: 40 Years After the Failed Gender Revolution.” She negatively summarizes some of the songs and stories, stating “the songs drive home the idea that we are all androgynous beings unfairly constrained by social stereotypes.”  Then she goes on to use the example of the American Girl Doll franchise to demonstrate how boys do not go for dolls; and that is another failure of the women’s movement for gender equality.  WHAT?

Ms Hoff Sommers, you are clearly missing the point.  The point is not that boys want dolls.  The point is that men want to be active engaged daddies and that mommies want help.  And yes, Ms Hoff Sommers, there has been a shift in 40 years toward this endeavor I call equality.  I know many of you would cite examples like this, but my little brother and his wife are true equal parents to their little boy.  They take turns doing all the parenting pieces required to raise a child in today’s world.

But then Ms Hoff Sommers begins her descent down the slippery slope of stereotyping.

But, after 40 years of gender activism, boys and girls show few signs of liking to do the same things. From the earliest age, boys show a distinct preference for active outdoor play, with a strong predilection for games with body contact, conflict, and clearly defined winners and losers. Girls, too, enjoy raucous outdoor play, but they engage in it less. Girls, as a rule, are more drawn to imaginative theatrical games — playing house, playing school — as well as exchanging confidences with a best friend. Boys playing kickball together in the schoolyard are not only having a great deal of fun, they are forging friendships with other males in ways that are critical to their healthy socialization. Similarly, little girls who spend hours in deep conversation with other girls or playing theatrical games are happily and actively honing their social skills.

To suggest that the ways in which boys and girls like to play, as socialized by their parents and our culture, is a prediction for whether they will parent in sex stereotyped roles is a reach.  Free to Be You and Me was about looking ahead to the future where limits wouldn’t be placed on what girls and boys wanted to do with their lives. (This was really happening in 1974.  Remember “Help Wanted” ads for men only or girls only?)  Free to Be You and Me was not, and is not, what Hoff Sommers calls “a cautionary example of how an idealistic social fantasy can turn into a blueprint for repression.”  Sex stereotyping and limiting women’s and men’s ability to develop their own free expression is repression. Patriarchy, which still exists, Ms Hoff Sommers, is the blueprint for repression and continues its architecture in many places across the globe.

Marlo Thomas and her friends planted within me, from this album, a passion for equality, justice, freedom, and theatrical expression.  And forty years later, I am thankful to her for that.

Hobby Lobby Needs a New Hobby

The Supreme Court heard Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, last week, which asks the justices to consider whether for-profit companies can refuse certain types of medical coverage, citing religious objections. Hobby Lobby President Steve Green stated, “We do not have a problem with contraceptives . . . it is those that are abortive in nature—that is when it becomes a problem for us.”

As women are now blessed to have full contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the basis of this complaint, I maintain, is discriminatory in nature. Only contraceptives used by women are at question, like the morning after pill and the IUD. Hobby Lobby contends that these birth control methods are abortifacients, which they are not. Perhaps before allowing a case to come before the Supreme Court, the lawyers representing the organization should be required to take a class on how these methods actually prevent pregnancy.

The morning after pill prevents an egg from fertilizing but if the fertilized egg is already implanted in the uterus, it will not. Likewise, the IUD makes the uterus a hostile environment for the sperm so that the sperm can’t make it to the egg and the egg doesn’t want to hang out there.

Hobby Lobby is pushing, with this case, for corporations to be recognized as religious. Um . . . we already have that provision for not-for-profit religious organizations. They are called churches. And synagogues. And mosques. If the owners of Hobby Lobby want to go open a church and call it Hobby Church and not provide birth control and abortion to their employees, go for it. But you’re not going to make money off consumers who want to buy model air plane kits if you don’t obey the law like all the other companies.

Here’s some background on this company.Image

Hobby Lobby is a privately held, for-profit corporation with 13,000 employees. It’s owned by a trust managed by the Green family, devout Christians who run the company based on biblical principles. They close their stores on Sundays; start staff meetings with Bible readings, pay above minimum wage, and use a Christian-based mediation practice to resolve employee disputes. The Greens are even attempting to build a Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. [Mother Jones, 3/21/14]

The Greens feel that they are being forced to pick between their religious convictions or pay penalties. This is why we have that lovely piece in our constitution on the “separation of church and state.” Where does one draw the line on religious convictions in these circumstances? What if a company is run by Christian Scientists who oppose all sorts of medical intervention? Then you’ll have no coverage. What if it is a company run by Jehovah’s Witnesses? You won’t be covered for blood transfusions or dialysis, for starters. Here we are again, at the precipice of a slippery slope. Let’s hope the Supreme Court, already divided on this one by gender (surprise!), makes a decision that keeps religious beliefs out of capitalism and allows women to have the same access to healthcare wherever they choose to work.

Why I Lose My Mind Every Time We Have the Name Conversation

I am in love with this feminist blogger I just discovered.

Where are all the . . . ?

I write a lot asking where all the women are in directing, in playwriting, as lead roles in children’s movies, and books.  But in the last two weeks I have been thinking a lot about theatre critics.  We had a press night for the show The Great God Pan, which I directed at Epic Theatre Company in Rhode Island.  So far, I have read five reviews of the play from the following:   Motif Magazine, The Providence Phoenix, The Providence Journal, Broadway World, and The Edge, which I believe is a digital magazine.  Guess how many of those critics were women?  None!  Excellent guess.  How did you know?

And as I am a research geek, I went to the American Theatre Critics Association to look at their membership.  Under the membership tab, there is a list of members who maintain blogs.  About half of the blogs are written by women (13/30).  I even Google imaged anyone with a gender neutral name, just to be sure.  Of their entire membership, only 37% are women.  I laughed when I did the math because it seems like women exist in this 30th percentile range in so many places of representation.  Faculty are about 38% female, nationally.  e However, we quickly leave such a high percentile if we look at directors (5%) or politicians (18.5% in Congress).  

So, why do we care?  Well, for one thing, if only men are critiquing what they see and others are reading those critiques and making determinations about whether to see something or not based on that critique, we might be missing half of society’s view.  And if we drill down even more and examine how men review plays written or directed by women, do we come up with a bias?  Maybe. My friend and artistic director at Epic threw that idea out there, and while I haven’t studied this, I certainly am adding it to the list of articles I want to write but never get to.  Maybe I can find some smart graduate student of theatre who will want to study this subject. 

We know that women are barely represented as writers in major print and online news.  The Op-Ed Project, which I was fortunate to attend, maintains an ongoing study of this phenomenon (or should I call it discrimination?). Check out their stats on women writers on their homepage.  You’ll be amazed.  Or pissed. 

What’s a girl to do?  Well, for one, you can write.  And if you can’t get into the “big boys club” to write, you have to do it on your own, like I do.  I did send a message to one of the papers that reviewed us and asked the publisher/editor if he needed any female writers.  His response?  No response.  That was Motif, by the way, in case you are wondering.  You can write an op-ed about the lack of women.  And you can be really choosy about what you read.  Always check who the author is.  It’s not easy in this fast paced world to pause and reflect, but we can’t change anything unless we know how bad the situation is. 

 

 

 

Things You Can Do to Support Women Filmmakers and Women’s Films

I don’t usually cross post other blogs on this blog.  (I like to be original!)  But Melissa Silverstein’s wonderful piece on International Women’s Day is too good not to share.  She runs the blog “Women and Hollywood” on the IndieWire Site.  You should follow it, if you are into movies. 

You can read the full blog here

But here are the juicy takeaways:

1.  Seek out and pay to see films directed by women. This is the most important thing you can do.

2.  Go and see movies about women. We don’t want anyone to be using the word fluke to describe a successful films with female characters (even if they were the number 1 and number 3 films at the box office in 2013.) If you don’t know where those movies are playing sign up for Women and Hollywood’s weekly email which lists films opening and playing around the US.

3. If you live in a country where there is funding for films from taxpayer money ask them to supply the funding statistics for female directed films. If they don’t have those statistics push them to get them and keep pushing in every way possible to get those figures. Once you have the figures push for more funding for women because I can pretty much guarantee that it won’t be at 50/50.

Maybe its time to get over the word and push countries to implement a quota system for women directed films.

4.  Find or start a female filmmakers group. Find out what grants or funding are available. Support each other. The more women are successful the more opportunities it opens for other women. Here’s a kick ass one in NYC – Film Fatales.

5.  Seek out and read female critics and writers.  If you town, city, or country doesn’t have a female critic or prominent female writer ASK THEM why not. 

6.  Don’t stand for sexist conversations about women and film. It’s not ok to stand by when someone demeans a woman director or if someone makes fun of a film about women JUST BECAUSE IT HAS WOMEN IN IT. 

7. Support a women’s film festival. These are the places where you can consistently see work by and about women and the environment is so supportive for female filmmakers. Here’s a list of them from around the world.

8.  Be a role model for the other women and girls and boys in your life. Remind them that you don’t need to have a beard or wear a baseball hat to be a director. 

9.  If you are organizing a panel at a film festival or event make sure it is not all white men.

10.  If you are putting together a jury at a film festival make sure it is not all white men.

11.  If you are putting together a crew for a film make sure it is not all white men.

12.  If an agency gives you a list of directors for you to consider for your film and there are no women on it — ask them for women’s names.

13.  Know your history – learn about the women directors, producers and writers who came before. Honor them. We are doomed to repeat history if we don’t learn from it.

Number five really resonated with me.  I think all of the theatre critics in our area are men.  It may be time to check into that in more detail. 

Another great way to support women is brought to you by The Representation Project, formerly known as Miss Representation.  They have developed a way to test your movie for positive representation of women, people of color and LGBT people, expanding on the Bechdel test.  Download it, print it, and bring it to every  movie you watch.  Share it with your friends.  Make it a conversation starter. Make it a game changer. 

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