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:
- It has to have at least two women in it,
- who talk to each other,
- 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….