What’s “The Bechdel Test” And Will Your Next Blockbuster Rental Pass It?
Back in 1985, cartoonist Alison Bechdel drew a “Dykes To Watch Out For” cartoon describing the three rules that govern whether or not she will see a movie:
- It has to have two women in it,
- Who talk to each other,
- About something besides a man.
Bechdel’s point, of course, is that the majority of mainstream films relegate women to the role of “girlfriend” or “wife” or “princess up in a tower who needs to be saved by a knight in shining arming.” Unfortunately, 25 years later, a lot of movies still don’t pass “the Bechdel test,” which a group called Feminist Frequency demonstrates in this awesome video. The goal isn’t to say that movies which don’t pass “the Bechdel test” are bad movies; it’s to point out that Hollywood needs to work much harder to cast women in roles where they talk about something other than their men.
A lot of the flicks that aren’t up to snuff are shoot-‘em-up flicks marketed towards men, like “Alien 3,” “Mission: Impossible,” “X Men.” But there were some other disappointing surprises, like “The Wedding Singer” and “When Harry Met Sally.” Did the last movie you watched pass “the Bechdel test”? (For me it was “Valentine’s Day” and that would be a hells no.) [SlashFilm]