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The Bechdel Test

The Bechdel test (/ˈbɛkdəl/ bek-dəl) asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. Many contemporary works fail this test of gender bias.

The test is named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. In 1985, she had a character in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For voice the idea, which she attributed to a friend, Liz Wallace. The test was originally conceived for evaluating films but has since been applied to other media. It is also known as the Bechdel/Wallace test,[1] the Bechdel rule,[2] Bechdel’s law,[3] or the Mo Movie Measure.- wikipedia

Can you name four films that you have recently seen that pass the Bechdel test? I have listed some of mine below.

Mulholland Drive (recently rewatched)

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Betty & Rita

This film passes the Bechdel test with flying colors as most of the dialogue is  between Betty and her co-stars about something very “other” than men

Picnic at Hanging Rock (rewatched this year)

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Picnic at Hanging rock explores the relationships between  girls at a boarding school. One day the girls mysteriously disappear at Hanging Rock and the mystery is never solved. The film contains dialogue between girls and women at an all girls school.

Spring Breakers (watched this year)

Spring breakers is a story about a group of young women who are looking spring-breakers-trailer-1for adventure in their lives. Much of the dialogue between  the  young women is about planning for their trip and devising ways to sustain their sense of excitement.

Starlet

A film about a porn star who makes the acquaintance of an elderly starletlady. This film stars Dree Hemingway ,  the very odd couple  develop a complex relationship and have many conversations about life whilst they plan a getaway.

How many films did you find? Share your lists in the comment section with pride!

References : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test

Useful links: http://bechdeltest.com

 

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13 thoughts on “The Bechdel Test”

    1. I can’t wait to see Blue is the Warmest Color! And I think I got Beales of Grey Gardens, because you’ve mentioned it before. I’ll definitely think about this topic a bit more, might even do a blogpost about it myself at some point.

      1. Yes, lars is fantastic. The bechdel test is more of a guage, there are strong female characters in many films where the bechdel test fails however it can be an interesting indicator.

        The hours is a perfect example of the bechdel test.

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