Episode 87 – Gender Ratings: A Good or Bad Idea?

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Episode 87 – Gender Ratings: A Good or Bad Idea?

Which Harry Potter films pass the Bechdel test?
Which Harry Potter films pass the Bechdel test?

This week, Rhonda and I talk about the recent implementation by a handful of Swedish cinemas to rate movies based on the Bechdel test. We discuss whether this is a fair means of measuring the worth of a movie or if the test itself is too limiting. Would a gender rating influence your movie selection on a Saturday night?

In our WRaP segment, we discuss listener feedback about using the pay-to-play model as a challenge instead of a deterrent.

As always, we love your feedback and comments on the show. Keep ’em coming!

Until next time, game on!

Regina & Rhonda

Regina is a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part time. Regina’s research interests focus on women and technology, and her dissertation discusses female gamers and identity in digital role playing games. A lifelong geek and technology enthusiast, Regina recently started a Girls Who Code club in support of their mission to close the gender gap in technology.

To continue the conversations about gender and gaming that Regina started during her research, she started a podcast called Game on Girl. Called the “NPR of game podcasts” by Chris Brown of The Married Gamers, the podcast features women involved in the game industry, and tackles some of the complicated issues in the gaming community. Season 2 began in the spring of 2018 and will premiere new episodes monthly.

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