We know that Hollywood, Bollywood, and other major producers of film and television routinely disinclude people of size.
I was watching the latest Bechdel Test update from Feminist Frequency when I thought —
— why isn’t there a Fatty Bechdel Test?
- There are at least two women, who have names
- The women speak about something other than a man (or men).
If you’ve never tried it out, you’ll be amazed at how few films pass this test.
Why couldn’t we have a Fatty Bechdel Test, testing movies/shows/books for representing fat (or even non-thin) people as people and not just a trope?
One reason might be that a Fatty Bechdel Test is unnecessary. It’s glaringly obvious there’s a problem with representing all but the thinnest people in most mainstream media. Sadly, it’s also obvious that while I think the lack of representation of women in movies and television is acknowledged and respected by most intellectuals and media critics, those same intellectuals and critics don’t necessarily think it’s a problem that, while fat(ter) people make up more than 60% of many Western movie-making populations, we are virtually invisible in movies and on television. I’ve heard more than one apologist sputter, “Well, films/magazines/shows are aspirational!” — like fat people are some gutter to climb out on a quest to reach the thin person on the glowy altar.
Despite all that…I’m wondering what a Fatty Bechdel Test might look like.
I’m not sure if the “more than two people of X category who talk to each other about something other than Y” would work, because that’s not really how people of size are marginalized in films. I might amend the test as follows:
Fatty Bechdel Test
- There is a fat person in the film with a name, who speaks.
- This person’s size is never brought up, as such OR is if brought up is mentioned in a neutral/positive way at least once.
What do you think? Do you have a better suggestion, or an additional point? Also, which films pass this test?