Happy Women’s History Month! All throughout March, we’ll be sharing quotes on Facebook to celebrate, so watch our page. Also this week in our roundup: The Oscars and the Bechdel Test, public breastfeeding, and a new documentary on bullying in schools.
Via Feminisim2.0 – The 84th annual Academy Awards were broadcast last Sunday night. Say what you will about Billy Crystal’s hosting job, but a new video from Feminist Frequency hits the nail on the head about one of the most frustrating things about Hollywood: the lack of strong, fully-formed roles for women in blockbuster and award-caliber films. Specifically, this video takes a look at which of the films up for Best Picture passed the Bechdel Test. (Spoiler alert: not many.)
Okay, so I don’t normally read Celebrity Baby Scoop, but I saw MomsRising post a photo from their blog on Facebook and wanted to share. Singer Beyoncé (who gave birth to her first daughter, Blue Ivy, earlier this year) was spotted out at lunch in New York City over the weekend breastfeeding her daughter in public.
When celebrities like Beyoncé breastfeed their children in public it helps to normalize what’s already a, well, normal behavior. And normalization could mean good news for women and breastfeeding activists in Georgia, who are meeting with lawmakers in their state in support of a measure that’d fine those who “harass, discriminate against, or restrict mothers from breast-feeding in public,” according to Jezebel.
On March 30, a new documentary, Bully, will be released, focusing on the hostile bullying climate in too many American schools. The film was given an R rating by the MPAA last week, and now the filmmakers and many who support them are speaking out in effort to have the rating downgraded to PG-13.
The MPAA cites the strong language in the film as something parents would like to know about before letting their children see this movie. On the other hand, supporters of the film say that kids are already aware of this language – they hear it in school, often while being bullied.
Should Bully’s R rating stick, it’d mean that teachers could not show the film in schools, which was one of the movie’s goals. And according to the film’s production notes (PDF):
“Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film BULLY … opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.”
You can view the trailer for Bully below.
That’s all for this week! What have you been reading? Let us know by sharing a link in the comments or emailing it to me at djackson(at)nwlc(dot)org.