In keeping with our Star Wars theme this week, today we discuss their strong female characters and how well the series passes the Bechdel Test.
The latest two entries into the Star Wars universe have had strong female leads at the center. Show regulars JD and Yolanda T. Cochran join me today in this special episode to discuss that role that strong women have played in the various franchise installments.
We also get into how many of the films pass the Bechdel Test. The test sets up three simple parameters for a movie: 1) you have two or more female characters, 2) they talk to one another, and 3) they talk about something other than a man. Is the test a valid one for determining a film’s gender diversity?
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Breaking the Glass is a Radio Film School podcast mini-series and short film docu-series addressing the issues of gender inequality in film and television. You can catch all the podcast and video episodes at daredreamer.fm/breakingtheglass.
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In the books Han and Leia had twins! So I had assumed for quite a while that kylo ren and rei were twins.
Ron Dawson says
Disney/Lucasfilm have been cherry-picking from the “Legends” stories and no doubt there are aspects of the twins represented in Kylo and Rey.