Did You Know? The Bechdel Test

Thanks to Ode: The online community for intelligent optimists:

I just found out about the Bechdel Test for women in movies.

Transformer Movie Toys Shun the OthersFrom the web site:  The Bechdel Test, sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. The test was popularized by Alison Bechdel‘s comic Dykes to Watch Out For, in a 1985 strip called The Rule.

Regarding some movies I’ve liked:  Despicable Me and Stranger than Fiction pass the test; Ratatouille and The Pursuit of Happyness do not!

Check out the Bechdel Test Movie List and see if your favorite movie passes the test!

One thought on “Did You Know? The Bechdel Test

  1. Hmm. That test is an eye-opener. I cried and cried at Pursuit of Happyness–but of course other than the main two characters…or maybe just the one, there weren't what I'd call round characters.

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