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:
- Do at least two female characters have names?
- Do they talk to each other?
- 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