The Bechdel Test is a fairly simple test for the presence of women in movies. It asks three simple questions:
- Are there two or more women in the movie who have names?
- Do they talk to each other?
- Do they talk to each other about something other than a man?
There has been a lot of controversy over the test that include the fact that movies that pass can be quite sexist, the fact that movies with prominent roles for women don’t pass, and that the test ignores the role of women behind the camera. Here are a couple of videos that deal with these issues:
Top 10 Movies that Surprisingly Pass the Bechdel Test (From MsMojo)
The Bechdel Test is the WORST
An intersting video about the role (or lack thereof) of women behind the camera in the movies, from indie filmmaker Bri Castellini.