Bechdel test

This is an easy test for you to try out on any media text that has at least 2 females in it. Bechdel test was introduced by an American cartoonist called Alison Bechdel in a 1985 strip. In the comic, the character points out the rule in relation to movies, however it is transferable to any text.

The rules for the Bechdel test are simple:

  1. It has to have at least two women in it,
  2. who talk to each other,
  3. about something besides a man.

Much to my surprise, many media texts don’t seem to fail to meet these simple requirements. I wonder if there were many in the last decade that do….

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