Search
| Clear, 91 F (33 C)
| RSS | |

SECTIONS:

 

Arts · Politics · Crime
· Sports · Food ·
· Opinion · NOLA ·
Lagniappe

 
THE

Defender Picks

 

Lundi

July 27th

Comedy Strip
Siberia, 9p.m.
Comedy & burlesque

 

Tai Chi/Chi Kung
NoMA, 6p.m.
Tai chi wellness class

 

The Dustbowl Collaboration
Howlin’ Wolf, 8p.m.
Open mic, also ft. Emcee Rahzo, No Suh Foster

 

Glen David Andrews

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)

 

King James & the Special Men

Sidney’s, 10p.m.

Weekly gig for downtown rhythm and blues

Mardi

July 28th

Young African Leaders Cultural Presentation
Woldenberg Arts Center, 2p.m.
African fashion, food, art and dance

 

KMFDM
The Civic, 7:30p.m.
French-German industrial favorites

 

Miguel
The Joy Theater, 9p.m.
5-time Grammy nominee

 

Funny Bones Improv
Healing Center, 6p.m.
Crack some jokes, help some kids

 

Two’Fer Tuesdays
OEJ, 9p.m.
Guest DJs, drink specials


Tulane Welcomes Feminist Icon Alison Bechdel


It’s a big week in Louisiana for powerful women, and feminist icon Alison Bechdel is joining the likes of Erin Brokovich and Donna Brazile with her New Orleans tour stop. The award-winning academic and author of the syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For is speaking tomorrow about her work, and she’ll get into the nitty-gritty of race, gender, and sexuality.

 

In addition to authoring widely taught texts like Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Bechdel’s work is responsible for the extensively applied Bechdel-Wallace test. In a 1985 strip of Dykes to Watch Out For entitled, “The Rule,” a female character introduces a threshold that has become a rule of thumb for weighing male bias in popular culture.

 

The unnamed character in Bechdel’s strip says that she will only watch a film if it features two named female characters who have a conversation with each other about something other than a man. What sounds like fairly simple criteria served to expose widespread failure on the part of the film industry to give female characters lives outside of their heterosexual relationships.

 

In 25 years, Bechdel has grown from an unknown cartoonist into a significant figure in college classrooms. Her test has been applied to literature, television shows, and other media since it was adopted by the academic community.

 

Gender and Sexuality Studies major at Tulane Jessica Callahan said the Bechdel-Wallace test changed the way she viewed popular culture. “It was like I could finally put my finger on why so many movies felt like something was missing,” she said. “Women’s voices, women’s experiences, women’s stories have been ignored and silenced in so many ways, and the Bechdel-Wallace test really brings that to light.”

 

Callahan said Bechdel’s stop sends a positive message to the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) communities at Tulane and in the greater New Orleans area.

 

“Many LGBTQUIA people don’t get the chance to see themselves represented in art, music, books, or media very often, so it’s just very validating when it does happen,” said Callahan. “As a queer Tulane student, it means a lot to me personally that the university has chosen to recognize a queer feminist writer in this way,” she said.

 

Bechdel is speaking at the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall in Tulane’s Lavin-Bernick Center (201 Boggs), tomorrow, March 6, at 7pm. More information on Bechdel and tomorrow’s lecture can be found here. The talk is free and open to the public.

 

 

 




view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
Mardi Gras Zone
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter


Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock