Day 43: Schadenfreude and Bechdel test

An attempt at understanding friendzone.

1 min read    14 Jun 2017    

Schadenfreude: German: The pleasure you derive from someone else’s misfortune.

I have no idea what has happened to me, but every movie that I watch makes me apply the Bechdel test to it. Here’s the test in case you’re interested. The Bechdel test speaks volumes about gender inequality in our films. Here are the rules:

1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
    2. Who talk to each other
        3. About something besides a man

Recently, Kal ho na ho and Mujhse fraandship karoge passed the test (maybe ? MFK literally has one dialog between two women that is not men). Before you judge me, I have watched all the latest movies thanks to the internet, and I have a month of Amazon Prime subscription, wasting which I have no intention to. So I’ll have to make do with the movies that I’m watching.

Wathcing the former film made me question, is there an immense pressure on women to look good and clad themselves in skimpy clothes, against their wishes. Before you judge me, read this buzzfeed article dated 14th Jun 2017 regarding sexism in the India- Pak World Cup match which sort of opened my eyes. Is it possible that only due to the copious amounts of expectations from a woman, do they put themselves in uncomfortable clothes ? If no, then why is it not socially acceptable to have similar clothing for men ? Honestly, it would be great if I could show up in a professional meeting in shorts, or perhaps shorts shorter than shorts.

Note: The men attire was a joke, not meant to be taken seriously.

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