Welcome to a brand new post, in collaboration with Common Room! This post has been in the making for a few months now. More so, the idea of this post. It’s actually September 3rd as I’m writing this for the first time and I’m still not 100% sure where this will go. Will it be one post? Multiple posts? A series? Who knows, but that’s the fun in writing. Letting your fingers type as much or as little as they’re inspired. But let’s get to it…
What is the Bechdel Test?
The Bechdel test, (/ˈbɛkdəl/ bek-dəl), also known as the Bechdel-Wallace test, asks if a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.
Only about half of all films meet these requirements. The test is used as an indicator for the active presence of women in films and other fiction, and to call attention to gender inequality in fiction due to sexism. – via Wikipedia
The Organa test is something me and Hadas from Common Room came up with. Since The Force Awakens is coming up and we wanted to celebrate the countdown to films release, we wanted to create a Star Wars type of test where we could celebrate todays capable ladies! It’s comparable to the Bechdel Test (see above), but only in the way the Bechdel Test is used to test all media. We’ll be doing the same, just using our Organa Test to breakdown todays characters, whether that be film, TV shows, or books.
Anyone who knows me knows how strongly I feel about the women in the Star Wars universe. For instance, how little there are. In the prequel trilogy, there were more women included than original, but also in the original, there was mainly Leia and Beru. And while I could go on all day as to why there should’ve been more female representation in the original trilogy, it was a big step at the time. Leia was an authoritative figure, a Senator. She’s such a strong leader and it’s prevalent throughout all the films, making her one of the best role models to date. And while the original Star Wars trilogy doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test by any means (Sad, I know.), that doesn’t make Leia any less of a badass character or the movies anything less than amazing. But this thought process got us thinking; how does Leia hold up to the strong characters portrayed in todays media? Here enters the Organa test.
Before going on any further, let me make one thing clear: I WILL NOT BE PITTING CHARACTER AGAINST CHARACTER! I wanted to make that clear, right off the bat because I’m not for any of that at all. For example, I don’t think you can honestly put Leia up against Mako from Pacific Rim and point out why which is better or which is worst because they’re both super awesome, totally badass characters who deserve a whole lot of credit. Our main goal is to highlight the Organa’s, specifically Leia herself. We want to showcase how well written of a character Leia is, how her character has influenced many characters to date, and how certain
characters in todays media have the similiar qualities to Leia herself. Basically this will be a Leia lovefest. Oh well.
I hope you all will join in, maybe share your favorite Leia moments, what you’re looking forward too in The Force Awakens (SPOILER FREE), and what movies or TV shows you think Leia has had a huge impression on. Let us know in the comments below or tweet me directly right here. See you guys soon!