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The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies


The Bechdel Test or the Mo Movie Measure is a type of litmus test to assess the presence of women in movies It originated from Allison Bechdel’s comic “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 1985 Here’s how it works, a movie just has to pass these three simple questions the first are there two or more women in it who have names the second do they talk to each other and the third, do they talk to each other about something other then a man It’s quite extraordinary actually how many movies don’t pass this test cause it’s not even a sign of whether it’s a feminist movie or whether it’s a good movie just that there is female presence in it and that they actually are engaging about things other then men To prove that this is actually a systemic problem and not just a few movies here and there I can show you a couple films that don’t pass the test ♪ instrumental music ♪ Okay you get the point this is only just a few films out of the many films that don’t pass this test When I call it a systemic problem what I mean by this is that it’s not just a few people here and there that don’t like women or don’t want women’s stories told but that rather the entire industry is built upon creating films and movies that cater to and that are about men Next time you go to the movies just ask yourself these few questions. Are there two or more women in it and do they have names? Do they talk to each other? And do they talk to each other about something other then a man?

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