Women talking to Women in the Media: The Bechdel Test
Representation of women in the media is a key feminist issue. The erasure of women from the media and pop culture, the complete silencing of the female voice and perspective, has had long standing and drastic implications for women globally.Simply put, representation refers to the act of seeing yourself and your identity reflected back at you. It includes the need to identify with a character, fictional or real, to idolize them, to follow their example or mold one's life choices around the perceived qualities of one's favorite characters. Representation can refer to something as small as seeing someone who looks and behaves like you while having larger implications such as having your gender, race or your belief system validated.