Mako Mori test

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Named after the character Mako Mori from the 2013 film Pacific Rim by its creator, a Tumblr user known as "Chaila," who thought that the older Bechdel test was sometimes insufficient for measuring the representation of women in films.[1][2]

Proper noun[edit]

Mako Mori test

  1. A feminist test for evaluating works of fiction by whether they have (i) at least one female character (ii) who has her own narrative arc (iii) which does not exist to support the narrative arc of a male character.
    • 2013, Ryan Syrek, "She Needed Her Space", The Reader, Volume 20, Number 35, 10 October 2013 - 16 October 2013, page 22:
      But what stood out most to me was how the film [Gravity] proves we need The Mako Mori Test.
    • 2015, Lani Gerbi, "The Bechdel Sword in the Stone", On Dit (Adelaide University), Volume 83, Issue 7, 15 July 2015, page 19:
      It [Run Lola Run] does pass the Mako Mori test though, because Lola is motivated by her boyfriend's safety, her actions do not always impact his story arc.
    • 2015, Charlotte Hann, "Feminist Fandom", Salient (Victoria University of Wellington), Volume 78, Issue 19, 17 August 2015, page 30:
      Below is just one take, and uses the established Bechdel and Mako Mori tests to assess whether a work is feminist/representative.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:Mako Mori test.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aja Romano, "The Mako Mori Test: 'Pacific Rim' inspires a Bechdel Test alternative", The Daily Beast, 18 August 2013
  2. ^ Ryan Syrek, "She Needed Her Space", The Reader, Volume 20, Number 35, 10 October 2013 - 16 October 2013, page 22