What is the Bechdel Test?
In summary, the test consists of three rules to analyze a movie:
1. There must be at least two women in it (some add the additional requisite of knowing their names).
2. They must talk to each other.
3. The conversation can’t be about a man.
Although originally it was meant as a humorous resource from a fictional character, eventually some people decided to put it into practice. The results were appalling: many, many, many Hollywood successes fail the test.
Ironically (or not so much), it also has been proven that movies which pass the Bechdel Test have a lower budget, make more money and and have a better overall return of investment than those which fail. Continue reading