Bechdel Test

19 Jul

Think about some of your favorite movies, or the last movie you saw. Can you answer ‘yes’ to the 3 questions below?

  1. The movie has to have a minimum of two women in it (more is fine, too; just no less than two)
  2. The two women have to actually talk to each other in the movie
  3. When they talk about something, it has to be about anything BUT a man

This test has since become a bit of a phenomenon, with feminists using it quite a bit to determine whether or not a film is female-friendly. And while you might think that the test is silly, and that it should be easy to meet these qualifications, the truth of the matter is that most movies fail this simple test. Boo.



2 Responses to “Bechdel Test”

  1. crg06 July 19, 2011 at 8:40 PM #

    i have never thought about counting the number of women in a movie,but the next one i watch(thanks to this blog) i feel like i will be and then to see if they talk to each other and not about a man.. wow who comes up with this stuff?? also i’d like to know how you go about chosing the topic you blog about ? just curious..

  2. Claire July 20, 2011 at 6:50 AM #

    Watched OUTSORCED on tv yesterday and it does not pass the test. I’m not sure if the the final HARRY POTTER movie even passes the test. There are women characters, but they only talk to male characters, not to each other. LARRY CROWNE just barely passes the test since there is a chummy female side-kick for the female lead, but I can’t remember the content of their dialog. It may only have been about the romantic lead. Sigh. This IS disheartening!

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