What The Bechdel Test Is And Why Every Movie In Hollywood Needs To Pass It

Think of the last movie you watched and answer this: Did women talk to other women about anything other than men? Jobs, friendships, politics, life ... seriously, anything else other than men?

Let me be more specific: How can you tell whether a movie does a sucky job with its female characters? Well, pretty easily really: If it can't answer the three questions asked in this video, then it fails the Bechdel Test.

Here's what the test is, who created it, and why it's important for lady representation in movies:

Narrator: 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 Alison 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 than a man?

It's quite extraordinary, actually, how many movies don't pass this test because it's not even a sign of whether it's a feminist movie or whether it's a good movie, just that there's female presence in it and that they actually are engaging about things other than men. To prove that this is actually a systemic problem and not just a few movies here and there, I'm going to show you a couple films that don't pass the test.

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 than a man?

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