More on the Bechdel Test

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Popularised by cartoonist Alison Bechdel (see her comic 'The Rule' from Dykes to Watch Out For below), the test is actually attributed to her friend Liz Wallace. It looks at whether films have realistic female characters in them by applying three rules. To pass the Bechdel Test, a film:

1. Has to have at least two [named*] women in it

2. Who have a conversation with each other

3. About something other than a man

* “Named” is a later, flexible addition to the test – but indicates that they’re not just throwaway characters, overheard in a café for instance.

Check out the user-generated online database of films (not associated with Alison Bechdel).

 

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