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The Bechdel-Wallace Test

Applying womanly rubrics to movies

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Created on 2009-05-10 05:51:26 (#321542), last updated 2015-08-25 (82 weeks ago)

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Name:The Bechdel-Wallace Test
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Community description:Passing and failing movies on their representation of women

What is this about?

The Bechdel Test is a very, very low bar. A simple bar. To pass, a film must satisfy three conditions:


  1. There must be two women
  2. Talking to each other
  3. About something other than a man

An additional litmus test called the "Mo Movie Measure" requires both women have names. The test is interesting in what it reveals, in that few movies pass this test and many which pass do so only minimally...but merely reverse the gender in the rules above and nearly all movies pass.


This community seeks posts reviewing or commenting on movies with the Bechdel Test in mind, regardless of whether the film passes or fails.



Guidelines

  1. If a movie fails, it's good to note at which level it fails--ie, how many conditions does it meet before it fails?
  2. If a movie passes, it's good to describe what makes it pass. All spoilers should go under a cut, to prevent ruining anything for anyone. However! People should expect spoilers in post comments, so if you worry about such things, refrain from joining the discussion until you have seen the movie.
  3. Posts will be tagged according to the level of the movie's pass and fail.
  4. At some point, we will come up with a community master list, so that people can refer to it to check and see if a movie has come up before in the community's discussion.


Credits

The test was derived from a Dykes to Watch Out For strip by Alison Bechdel.


Cameo layout by [community profile] circa77.

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bechdel test, cinema, dialogue, feminism, film, movies, strong characters, the male gaze, the perils of being a woman movie-goer, women
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