What is the Bechdel Test?

21 Nov

Of course it’s a little flawed because it doesn’t necessitate that the two named female characters are speaking to each other about anything substantial.  (In Gone With the Wind, for example, Scarlett O’Hara and her sister argue over who’s going to get to wear the green ballgown to the BBQ.)  Still, it does provide a fun jumping-off spot for analyzing female characters in film.


3 Responses to “What is the Bechdel Test?”

  1. Katie Elaine November 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    I agree the Bechdel test isn’t perfect but I think it’s a good way to get people to at least start thinking about things. Have you heard of the documentary and organization Miss Representation? You should check out their site, it’s all about the portrayal of women in the mainstream media and a lot of the statistics are surprising and sad for women. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

  2. Elektrische Zahnbuerste November 22, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    Id forever want to be update on new articles on this web site, bookmarked ! .

  3. maryatthemovies November 22, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Thanks Katie! I have heard about Miss Representation but I haven’t seen the doc yet. It’s on my list!

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