If you’ve ever watched a film and turned away in disgust at the way women are portrayed, (as I did recently watching The Stand Up Guys, an awful film where a women was gang raped and laughed it off), then there’s a good chance that film would not pass the Bechdel Test.
The Bechdel Test, sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule, is a simple test designed to see just how well rounded and real the female characters are. It has the following three criteria:
(1) a film has to have at least two women in it
(2) the women have to actually talk to each other
(3) and that talking must be about something other than a man.
The test was popularized by Alison Bechdel’s comic Dykes to Watch Out For, in a 1985 strip called The Rule. Here’s a video with more information:
Scary, isn’t it? Try asking those three questions of the next film you watch; it’ll transform how you look at film and really brings home just how sexist the media is.
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Posted on May 2nd, 2014 by Jane