How many of your favourite movies pass this? When I heard about the test, I realised I’d become so used to watching movies in which the main characters are either men or women discussing men. A lot of the time, you’ll find there will be a woman in a group of main characters, but only one – the token female. Alternatively, you’ll have a few women, but they’ll be either plotting to get men or complaining about them. The common roles of women seem to be mothers, wives, girlfriends or wannabe girlfriends. Meanwhile, the men are racing around in cars/helicopters/planes/trains/etc., hitting/shooting people and getting the girls in the end. Colin was worried about what these stereotypical roles were teaching his young children, and it definitely made me pause to think. Are girls learning to take charge of the situation, to be brave, to learn, to take care of others? Are boys learning to trust girls and let them lead as well?
Flan actually brought up the topic the next day after realising his daily work life doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test. Out of the seven people in his department at a technology company, none are female. In his physical office room (open-plan), there are sixteen people, and only one is female. Why is that? (I’ll leave that thought there so we can all have a think.)
I should go back to compiling notable feedback and comments from my coursework over the years and applying for jobs, but I felt like sharing the news articles I’ve come across today.
An update on the Muslim man who’s family wanted him to continue receiving life support – he’s apparently now responding to cues, indicating that he’s minimally conscious and not in a vegetative state. Flashback to my first placement!
Tiny nets could be used to clear out blood clots following a stroke. And someone please explain how there are procedures which involve pushing a wire up from the groin to the brain without causing damage along the way? Isn’t that a rather far distance to travel to get to a clot? Anyway, here is the important bit, taken from the news article (BBC, 26 August 2012):
Two similar devices were compared with the current coil methods. One trial of 113 patients showed 58% had good brain function after three months, compared with 33% of those treated with the coil method, as well as a lower death rate.