Hollywood (c) Stefan Mey

What is the Bechdel Test?

The Bechdel Test was developed in 1985 by Allison Bechdel in her comic strip “Dykes to watch out for”. There one of the protagonists clams that she will only watch a movie if it fulfills the following three criteria:

  1. Do at least two female characters have names?
  2. Do they talk to each other?
  3. Do they talk about something else than a man?

The test doesn’t even test if the movie is a feminist movie or not, it only tests if there is any female content in the movie. Nevertheless, still most Hollywood movies don’t pass the test.

You can check the Bechdel-performance of current movies on bechdeltest.com

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