Misses Clause is a challenge within a challenge, dedicated to increasing the presence, agency, and general awesome of women in Yuletide fandoms.
The Misses Clause Collection is open to any Yuletide 2011, Yuletide Madness 2011, or New Years Resolution 2012 submissions that focus on female, trans, or nonbinary characters, or those that explicitly pass the Bechdel test: fics that feature 1) at least two women, 2) who have at least one conversation, 3) about something other than a man. So go fourth, fic, and sing the praises of female characters everywhere!
Give us your ignored, your unsung, your stories of women waiting to be told...
Yuletide is upon us! Time for flailing and flanicking, finding new fandoms and shiny new fic. As two multi-year Yuletiders, and previous participants in the Dark Agenda challenge within a challenge, we're thrilled that happy times are here again. While we love all the stories spun during Yuletide, and the writers who spin them, we've also noticed a trend — many fandoms fail the Bechdel Test.
The test, on its surface, is simple and three-pronged. However in fic, as in popular media, many stories fail the test, highlighting or hinging on gender bias that exists within canon and a lack of true female representation in fandom as a whole. So we're proposing a challenge within a challenge, similar to Dark Agenda. A challenge where you, dear author, meet the criteria set out in Bechdel’s original test.
Per Bechdel, and to be a part of the challenge within a challenge, so to speak, the fic you write must contain the following:
1. It includes at least two women...
2. who have at least one conversation...
3. about something other than a man.
Therefore, we present to you (with all apologies to Tim Allen) the MISSES CLAUSE CHALLENGE.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to use your Yuletide prompts or assignment (or pinch hit, or stocking stuffer) to embrace female characters of all shapes, sizes, colors, creeds, abilities, nationalities, orientations and origins. Brown women. Trans women. Alien women. We want them all! Put the test to good use and rep women as full fledged, three-dimensional characters. You may even get an extra present under your tree. After all, who doesn’t think Mrs. Claus is the one running the show up on the North Pole?
Does my fic have to pass the Bechdel Test?
If you've written a Yuletide fic that focuses on a female character, which includes everything from limited POV fic to femslash, it's welcome in the Misses Clause Challenge.
What about transwomen or nonbinary characters?
While the name says "Misses" and the focus seems squared solely on the female, the spirit of the Misses Clause Challenge at its heart is to celebrate characters in fic who aren't cisgender men. Trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer characters are welcome, and we're happy to have them.
Are New Year's Resolution fics eligible?
Any story that's part of the Yuletide, Yuletide Madness, or New Year's Resolution collection can be added to the Misses Clause Collection.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact freneticfloetry or hauntedd. We can be reached via PM on LJ, or in the #yuletide chatroom.