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, the Bechdel rule, Bechdel’s law, 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)
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)
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 for 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.
A film about a porn star who makes the acquaintance of an elderly lady. 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
- Swedish cinema’s use of the Bechdel test is a provocation that works | Anu Koivunen, Ingrid Ryberg and Laura Horak (theguardian.com)
- Alison Bechdel on The Bechdel Test and Swedish Cinema (comicsbeat.com)