|Dira Sudis (dira) wrote,|
@ 2009-05-13 12:53 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||bechdel test, meta-esque, sg-1|
|Episode Title/Number||Speaking characters||Women||% Women||Bechdel||PoC||% PoC||Race-Bechdel|
|Into the Fire/3x01||15||4||26.7%||Pass||3||20%||Pass|
|Learning Curve/3x05||11||4||36.4%||Pass||1||9.1%||Fail 1|
|Point of View/3x06||14||4||28.6%||Pass||3||21.4%||Pass|
|Deadman Switch/3x07||6||1||16.7%||Fail 1||2||33.3%||Pass|
|Rules of Engagement/3x09||10||2||20%||Fail 2||2||20%||Fail 2|
|Forever in a Day/3x10||9||3||33.3%||Fail 2||3||33.3%||Fail 2|
|Past and Present/3x11||10||4||40%||Pass||1||10%||Fail 1|
|Jolinar's Memories/3x12||13||1||7.7%||Fail 1||3||23.1%||Fail 2|
|The Devil You Know/3x13||12||1||8.3%||Fail 1||2||16.7%||Fail 2|
|A Hundred Days/3x17||11||4||36.4%||Pass||1||9.1%||Fail 1|
|Shades of Grey/3x18||11||4||36.4%||Fail 2||1||9.1%||Fail 1|
|New Ground/3x19||12||4||33.3%||Fail 2||1||8.3%||Fail 1|
|Maternal Instinct/3x20||12||2||16.7%||Fail 2||4||33.3%||Pass|
|Crystal Skull/3x21||12+1*||4||33.3%||Fail 2||2||16.7%||Fail 2|
|Nemesis/3x22||8+1*||1||12.5%||Fail 1||2||25%||Fail 2|
* + Non-humanoid alien who could not be assigned a gender or race, excluded from percentage calculations.
** All doppelgangers and originals counted as single characters because it made my head hurt less.
Levels of Fail for Bechdel Test:
1: Fails on first criterion ("There are two women"/"There are two characters of color")
2: Fails on second criterion ("And they talk to each other")
3: Fails on third criterion ("About something other than a man"/"About something other than white people")
Female character counts range from 1 to 4 per episode. Percentage of female characters ranges from 8.3% to 40%.
Median count is 3. Mean count is 2.7.
Median percentage is 25.9%. Mean percentage is 25%.
Character of color counts range from 1 to 4 per episode. Percentage of characters of color ranges from 8.3% to 33.3%.
Median count is 2. Mean count is 2.
Median percentage is 17.5%. Mean percentage is 18.6%.
Takeaways for Season 3:
One statistic improved: Bechdel Test passes continued to increase, from 9/21 in S1 to 11/22 in S2 to 12/22 in S3.
One statistic stayed the same: race-Bechdel Test passes, at 5/22.
Everything else got worse. Everything. Four episodes in which Sam is the only woman, EIGHT in which Teal'c is the only person of color, counts and percentages down across the board.
(And, with the introduction of the Replicators as villains--and Asgard as allies in the fight against them--we begin the move away from the Goa'uld and Jaffa, who represent a considerable proportion of the women and people of color in some episodes, replacing them with mechanical spiders and race- and gender-neutral alien things. For whatever that's worth.
Oh, show. What the hell.)
Now, perhaps you are thinking, well, that sucks, what is there to be done about it? Do what fans always do! Join a comm!
At LiveJournal, there is the newly formed passingbechdel community, for all your Bechdel Test fixit-fic needs--it's open to all fandoms, and welcomes fic that brings characters of color together, as well as fic that highlights women.
At Dreamwidth, there is the also newly formed characterscount community, affiliated with the Characters Count Wiki, for discussion and coordination of counting projects like this one--if you've embarked on a crazy counting project, or if you would like to organize a group of people to cooperate on one, or if you just want to kibbitz, it's the place to go.