dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter & some dude)
Sooooo I may have mentioned I am posting a story for [community profile] stargate_summer this year. I've got my posting date-range--I'm going the last week of June. I'm not sure of the exact date because it includes the weekend of a certain bridal shower for which I will possibly be the only member of the bridal party in attendance apart from the actual, you know, bride. And groom. Probably. So there are some logistics to sort out there.

Anyway! The story is up to 58,000 words at this point in the beta process and I still have ... many more things to add and fix, and I have index cards and an outline and everything, so we all know what that means, right? Yes. Cat-waxing.

So! Here's Stargate SG-1, Season Four on the characterscount wiki, devoted to tracking Bechdel test passes/fails and in general the representation of women and people of color in TV shows and movies. There's not a lot there because you have to be a special kind of obsessive to do this much counting, but anyone can add more! If you're interested in this sort of thing, you can hook up with other people who are at [community profile] characterscount.

Season 4, as it turned out, was even more dismal than every other season preceding it for representation of people of color--it included twelve episodes (more than half!) where Teal'c was the only person of color, and we got to the twelfth episode of the season before two people of color spoke to each other at all. So, uh. *facepalm* Oh, show. What.

And now, off to find something else to do that is not working on my bigbang but also not totally giving in and allowing Generation Kill to take over my brain as it has been trying valiantly to do for the last ten days or so. /o\
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
"Solitudes" is a hard episode to fix, Bechdel Test-wise, because Sam is the only female character who speaks. So I had to get a little creative with this one, but I think it worked anyway.

Thanks to [personal profile] iulia for loving this idea and then waiting seven months for me to actually write it and still loving it when I did.

"Solitudes", Sam Carter, gen. 600 words.
"We're not going to get out of here."

Solidarity )

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/544830.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter & some dude)
Ummmm, I totally did not forget for a while I had written this, what, no.

This is a fixit of a fixit, or in other words a sequel to Common Language, a Bechdel Test fixit story I wrote about the kidnapped Air Force sergeant from "Children of the Gods." This will not make a whole lot of sense if you haven't read that.

Sam, Daniel. post-"Children of the Gods" and post-"Secrets". PG. 1,302 words.
"Teal'c, all of this started, from our perspective, when a woman under my command, Sergeant Jessica Hoyt, was kidnapped from this facility. What can you tell us about her current whereabouts?"

Tell )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter - Rocket Launcher)
Stats are available at the SG-1 Season 3 page on the Characters Count Wiki, or under the cut:
Chart, under the cut! )

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 [livejournal.com profile] 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  [community profile] 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.

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter & some dude)
This is technically not a fixit, because "Cold Lazarus" actually does (however briefly) pass the Bechdel Test. But this popped into my head when I was thinking about the episode, and I figured nobody would mind an extra drabble-and-a-half of women talking to each other.

post-"Cold Lazarus." PG. 150 words.
Sara had been too long a military wife to be able to ignore the phone.

Incoming )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter & some dude)
Continuing the counting project (follow that link for explanation and methodology), my chart for The Demographics of Stargate SG-1, Season Two is up at the Characters Count wiki. (Semi-relatedly, there is also a chart up for Merlin! such_heights even tracked deaths, which totally defeated me for SG-1.)

I switched from using caps to distinguish levels of Bechdel fail to using numbers--Fail 1 fails on the first criterion ("There are two..."), Fail 2 fails on the second ("And they talk to each other"), Fail 3 fails on the third ("About something other than..."). Fail 3's actually seem to be relatively rare.

Takeaways from the Season 2 results:

Representation of women improved somewhat. Season 1 had three episodes with only one woman; Season 2 had none. Season 1 had 9/21 Bechdel Test passes, Season 2 had 11/22. Median percentage of women among the speaking characters increased from 25% to 28.6%. Still nothing to write home about, but moving in the right direction, however slightly.

Representation of people of color was sort of a mixed bag. Episodes with Teal'c as the only person of color declined from seven to four, but race-Bechdel test passes also declined, from eight to five. (That was the stat I couldn't get over, when I put the chart together. In all of season two, there were FIVE EPISODES in which two characters of color spoke to one another. FIVE!) Median percentage of characters of color did move upward a little, though, from 18.1% to 20.7%.

"Family" was the episode that passed best on the Bechdel and Race-Bechdel tests (although the Bechdel Test pass was iffy, which, given what I am willing to accept as a pass from this show, is pretty sad).

"Gamekeeper" gets special mention for having 46.7% female characters in speaking roles (7 out of 15) and still utterly failing to have any two women speak to each other directly.

And now, onward into Season 3... (Guys, I am kind of excited about Season 3 so far, I am just saying. And now that I've said that I will doubtless find myself watching something really wretched tonight.)
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter & some dude)
Weirdly, "The Broca Divide" was the first SG-1 episode to pass the Bechdel test, which is good, because then I don't have to think about it anymore.

And the next episode, "The First Commandment," turns around and fails in epic fashion: only one woman speaks in the entire episode. Which is not to say she's the only woman appearing in the episode, mind you...

What would we do without screencaps? )

Gen. Sam. 1,107 words. PG. Beta thanks to [personal profile] iulia!
There was one thing Jonas couldn't take away.

First Principles )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter & some dude)
...Which brings us to "Emancipation," an episode which had no right to fail the Bechdel Test and failed anyway--Sam and Nya do speak to each other repeatedly, but only about Nya's father and the boy Nya wants to marry. (And there are several other levels and layers of fail here where gender and race intersect and then my head explodes, so--moving on.)

I could have had Sam have some other conversation with Nya, although I'm honestly not sure about what. Instead, I wrote about Sam having a conversation she logically must have had with the woman she logically must have had it with, because I for one do not believe that Sam said nothing when presented with, and helped into, that infamous blue dress.
ETA: Now with Nya's name right, thanks [livejournal.com profile] nandamai!

Once more, with visual aids. )

Gen. Sam. During "Emancipation."
1,073 words. PG. Beta thanks to [personal profile] iulia
In which Sam Carter takes off her clothes.

Uncommon Threads )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter & some dude)
"Children of the Gods," for all its faults, was not actually too hard to write Bechdel test fixits for--there are multiple female characters who are reasonably memorable (by description, at least, even if they don't have names) and they are shown to meet or at least be in the same place at the same time.

Things get dicey in the first regular episode, "The Enemy Within," as only two female characters speak: Sam Carter, and the masked surgical nurse whose complete dialogue consists of two lines: "Scalpel" and "Large clamp", if I'm not mistaken. I couldn't think of a way to get Sam talking with this unnamed and mostly-unseen nurse about something other than the (male) patient, Kawalsky, so I decided to make use of a woman who showed up in the episode (and later showed up in another) but never got to speak: Colonel Kennedy's aide. )

Gen. Sam. During "The Enemy Within."
942 words. PG.
Beta thanks to [personal profile] splash_the_cat
Not for the first time, Sam cursed the fact that dress blues did not include name tape.

Differences )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter & some dude)
Another Bechdel fixit story! Again with thanks to [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis and [livejournal.com profile] splash_the_cat.

Because, dammit, that kidnapped and murdered Air Force sergeant deserved a name.

Also, once I put it up, this will be the 200th story on my website. \o/ (Suddenly I feel like it ought to have included Furlings.)

Gen. Missing scene from "Children of the Gods."
1,265 words. PG-13.
They'd let her keep her dog tags, at least.

Common Language )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter & some dude)
Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] beccaelizabeth's counting of characters in Torchwood, I decided to count characters in Stargate SG-1 while rewatching, to calculate percentages of female characters and characters of color. (SPOILER: the results were kinda depressing.)

Methodology: I counted the number of speaking characters per episode. Partly just as a matter of feasibility, I did not count: a) people who did not speak, b) people who spoke only in crowd scenes where it was difficult or impossible to determine who was speaking, and c) disembodied voices (which means that a couple of times I left Chevron Guy off the count for an episode he was in, which means in a few spots the stats should probably be worse). This also means that characters who appear at two different ages are counted as a single speaking character (characters who appear in two different universes/timelines/bodily forms are, however, counted twice).

Counting characters of color was, obviously, a judgment call. (I counted Sha're, Skaara/Klorel, all other Abydonians, Apophis, and Bra'tac, for instance, though I am not sure how all the relevant actors identify their own races.)

In addition to counting and calculating percentages, I tracked the Bechdel test (There are two women, who talk to each other, about something other than a man) and a race-Bechdel test (There are two characters of color, who talk to each other, about something other than a white person) for each episode. In a lot of cases this was also a judgment call, and scores range from 'Pass' to 'Pass?' to 'Fail' to 'FAIL'. Caps indicates that an episode included only one woman or one character of color who spoke.

I have my raw data sheet with comments on Bechdel and race-Bechdel pass/fails and lists of characters who spoke in the order they first spoke, if people want data to look at/quibble with/recalculate for their own purposes. I'm not posting it now because it's long and unwieldy, but I'm happy to share it if anyone wants it.

And with that: Results

Table, which hopefully works. )

Conclusions: I am actively trying not to draw too many (or too sweeping) conclusions; in a lot of cases the numbers and passes/fails speak for themselves, I think.

One thing I did notice is that in the two episodes where Sam is the only woman to speak ("The First Commandment" and "Solitudes") the episode centers significantly on Sam. ETA: Just realized that's two of the three episodes in which Sam is the only woman to speak; she's also the only one in "Within the Serpent's Grasp" and has no special role there. In the eight seven episodes where Teal'c is the only character of color to speak, he generally plays a no more than usually central role; in fact episodes that center on Teal'c tend to focus also on his family and/or the Jaffa, so they tend to include other characters of color and pass the race-Bechdel test.

I also noticed that - while percentages of women and characters of color are mostly dismal across the board - episodes frequently manage to pass either the Bechdel or race-Bechdel test, at times alternating from one to the other over a string of episodes.

Also, I do not think I would have bet dirt, going in, that "The Broca Divide" would manage to be the best episode of the season in terms of the Bechdel and race-Bechdel tests. I guess it had to be good for something.

I briefly attempted to track the statistics on who died and who was shown in some degree of undress, but it became unwieldy and crazymaking, so I leave that to future inquiries by brave people who are not me, and move on to counting season two.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Gate by Splash)
Soooo I've been rewatching Stargate SG-1 from the beginning.

And inspired--or infected with a sanity-destroying meme--by [livejournal.com profile] beccaelizabeth's post on counting speaking parts in Torchwood (there are charts! it's all kind of depressing!), I have been tracking the demographics of Stargate episodes as well as Bechdel test passes/fails.

They mostly fail.

So I've started writing fixits in which two women who were in the episode talk to each other about something other than a man.

I'm pretty embarrassed to realize that I don't think I've ever written fic that would pass that test before, and that it was sort of difficult, but anyway: here's my first try.

Stargate SG-1, during "Children of the Gods".
Sam and Sha're. PG. 983 words.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis and [livejournal.com profile] splash_the_cat for encouragement and beta!

Sisters in Arms )


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