Friday, May 28, 2010
Most Hollywood films don't pass
The Bechdel Test
SlashFilm: Have you ever heard of the Bechdel Test? The term/concept comes from a 1985 edition of Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For entitled 'The Rule.' The test points out the systemic problem with a lack of female presence in Hollywood films, and you might be shocked to learn how many popular films don't 'pass' three simple rules:
1. It has to have at least two women in it,
2. Who talk to each other,
3. About something besides a man.
In a variant of the test, the two women must have names.
Here's a quick VIDEO that explains everything. Here's a website, Bechdeltest.com, that rates films using the three rules. And here's the original comic strip: