dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Off-topic, sort of: The Popeye Test.

By now, most of you have heard of something called the Bechdel test for gender bias in a work of fiction. Said work of fiction passes the test if it meets the following three criteria:

  1. It has to have at least two women in it,

  2. who talk to each other,

  3. about something besides a man.

The reason that I mention this is that it reminds me of another 'test' that my late mother used to judge whether female characters were being depicted as helpless dimwits needing salvation. You see, whenever someone looked like a passive dimwit being come after by a cartoon ogre thereby needing salvation at the hands of an implausible hero, she'd mutter how the woman might as well be squealing "Help, Popeye, HEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLP!!!!" (Hint. Luke and Laura really bugged the crap out of her for this reason.)

You can probably guess where I'm going with this. Instead of saying that he'd finally found someone to fight for, it would have made more sense if Anthony had said "I'm strong to the finich 'cause I eats me spinach!!"

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