Flawed Mothers in Fiction – or are they?

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To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, from today until the end of March I’ll be writing articles about ‘flawed’ women in fiction. As a psychologist and as a woman, I have never warmed to passive women in fiction. I see them as a foil to the ‘bad man’ and isn’t that too easy? […]

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International Womens Day and the Bechdel Test

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As it’s International Womens Day it’s a good opportunity to think about the Bechdel Test. The Bechdel Test is a benchmark for films developedΒ by Alison Bechdel inΒ 1985. For a film to pass the Bechdel test it must contain a scene where two women are talking to each other about anything except men. The conversation can […]