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 Does It Pass The Aila Test?
We all know the rules of The Bechdel Test. In recent years, fans of more feminist-friendly films have included their own character tests, like The Mako Mori Test, The Furiosa Test, The Sexy Lamp Test, the list goes on. While these are all helpful (though comical) tools feminists have used to criticize media narratives, very few of them seem to empower or apply when viewing Indigenous and Aboriginal women in media narratives / storytelling.
As a Native woman, I’ve experienced disappointment and heartache from the way Native women were represented on film, television, cartoons, and other forms of media. From stereotypical “Indian princesses” to the distressing amount of physical and sexual violence in live action period pieces, it felt that a Native woman was not a character you were meant to love and root for. She was never a character you were supposed to relate to or want to be. In almost every role she’s in, she cannot exist without being a prop for another character’s story, and if she has a “happy ending,” it’s usually in the arms of a white colonist or settler.
I’ve created the Aila Test to bring my own concerns to the table when feminists criticize media. Not only should these issues be analyzed and addressed, but content creators who write about Indigenous / Aboriginal women should consider writing characters who pass this test. We need them now, more than ever.
To pass the Aila Test, your film / animation / comic book / novel / etc, must abide by these three important rules:

1. Is she an Indigenous / Aboriginal woman who is a main character…
2. Who  DOES NOT fall in love with a white man…
3. And DOES NOT end up raped or murdered at any point in the story.

Do you know characters that pass the Aila Test? Please submit them to this page!

I found one! It’s only sixteen pages long, but “Né łe” by Darcie Little Badger is a short sci-fi romance between two Native American women…. in space… surrounded by forty-one puppies. It’s part of an LGBT Native collection called Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time and I reviewed just the story by itself here.

shiraglassman: the-aila-test:  Does It Pass The Aila Test? We all know the rules of The Bechdel Test. In recent years, fans of more feminist-friendly films have included their own character tests, like The Mako Mori Test, The Furiosa Test, The Sexy Lamp Test, the list goes on. While these are all helpful (though comical) tools feminists have used to criticize media narratives, very few of them seem to empower or apply when viewing Indigenous and Aboriginal women in media narratives / storytelling. As a Native woman, I’ve experienced disappointment and heartache from the way Native women were represented on film, television, cartoons, and other forms of media. From stereotypical “Indian princesses” to the distressing amount of physical and sexual violence in live action period pieces, it felt that a Native woman was not a character you were meant to love and root for. She was never a character you were supposed to relate to or want to be. In almost every role she’s in, she cannot exist without being a prop for another character’s story, and if she has a “happy ending,” it’s usually in the arms of a white colonist or settler. I’ve created the Aila Test to bring my own concerns to the table when feminists criticize media. Not only should these issues be analyzed and addressed, but content creators who write about Indigenous / Aboriginal women should consider writing characters who pass this test. We need them now, more than ever. To pass the Aila Test, your film / animation / comic book / novel / etc, must abide by these three important rules: 1. Is she an Indigenous / Aboriginal woman who is a main character… 2. Who  DOES NOT fall in love with a white man… 3. And DOES NOT end up raped or murdered at any point in the story. Do you know characters that pass the Aila Test? Please submit them to this page! I found one! It’s only sixteen pages long, but “Né łe” by Darcie Little Badger is a short sci-fi romance between two Native American women…. in space… surrounded by forty-one puppies. It’s part of an LGBT Native collection called Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time and I reviewed just the story by itself here.

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shiraglassman the-aila-test Does It Pass The Aila Test? We all know the rules of The Bechdel Test In recent years fans of more feminist-friendly films have included their own character tests like The Mako Mori Test The Furiosa Test The Sexy Lamp Test the list goes on While these are all helpful though comical tools feminists have used to criticize media narratives very few of them seem to empower or apply when viewing Indigenous and Aboriginal women in media narratives storytelling As a Native woman I’ve experienced disappointment and heartache from the way Native women were represented on film television cartoons and other forms of media From stereotypical “Indian princesses” to the distressing amount of physical and sexual violence in live action period pieces it felt that a Native woman was not a character you were meant to love and root for She was never a character you were supposed to relate to or want to be In almost every role she’s in she cannot exist without being a prop for another character’s story and if she has a “happy ending” it’s usually in the arms of a white colonist or settler I’ve created the Aila Test to bring my own concerns to the table when feminists criticize media Not only should these issues be analyzed and addressed but content creators who write about Indigenous Aboriginal women should consider writing characters who pass this test We need them now more than ever To pass the Aila Test your film animation comic book novel etc must abide by these three important rules 1 Is she an Indigenous Aboriginal woman who is a main character… 2 Who DOES NOT fall in love with a white man… 3 And DOES NOT end up raped or murdered at any point in the story Do you know characters that pass the Aila Test? Please submit them to this page! I found one! It’s only sixteen pages long but “Né łe” by Darcie Little Badger is a short sci-fi romance between two Native American women… in space… surrounded by forty-one puppies It’s part of an LGBT Native collection called Love Beyond Body Space and Time and I reviewed just the story by itself here Meme

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