Applaud Sweden for Promoting Gender Equality in Films

11-10-13 Swedish Theater

Target: Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt

Goal: Applaud Swedish movie theaters for issuing grades depending on the level of female representation in a film.

Sweden recently implemented a program within the nation’s movie theaters to give grades to movies based on the amount of positive female representation within the film. This is only one of the many issues Sweden has tackled to promote a progressive attitude toward gender equality. Commend the Swedish government for highlighting the importance of equal representation.

Sweden’s system is similar to the U.S. ratings of G, PG, PG-13, and R. Using the Bechdel Test created in 1985, a grade is given to each film depending on the amount of positive female representation throughout the movie. An “A” is awarded if the film has at least two named female characters; the female characters have a conversation; and, the conversation is about something other than a man. The Bechdel Test is designed to create a minimum standard of decency for portraying women.

The grades given to films are not restrictive. For example, an R rating in American requires a certain age limit. The Swedish sexism grade does not limit the audience members but simply notifies them ahead of time about the amount of positive female interaction they will view should they choose to see a certain movie.

Applaud the Swedish government for implementing this new grade system for films. Their progressive attitude towards gender equality highlights the importance of equal representation for women in every area.


Dear Prime Minister Reinfeldt,

I recently read about the new film grade system implemented in Sweden. High ratings are awarded to films that include the minimum standard of decency in portraying women. Thank you for your progressive work in highlighting the importance of gender equality.

I learned the grades given to the films are not restrictive, which still gives your audience their freedom to choose their own movie. The system you have implemented just helps make sure they have the chance to make an informed decision before paying to see a movie.

Thank you for your government’s dedication to highlighting the importance of equal representation for women.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Greg O’Beirne via Wikimedia

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