The Bechdel Test: What Movies Pass?
If you're a movie geek or a feminist (or both!), you may have heard of the Bechdel test. This concept was first introduced in Alison Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip. In a 1985 strip called "The Rule," one character explains that she'll only watch a movie if it meets these three seemingly simple requirements:
1. It has to have at least two women in it,
2. Who talk to each other,
3. About something besides a man.
Back then, the character said that the last movie she'd been able to watch was Ridley Scott's Alien. Have things changed considerably since? This video explains the Bechdel test to those who aren't in the know and holds up some contemporary films to see if they pass.