Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Bechdel Test

Read a great book called Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Read it because it was recommended by Lee, whom I adore. Passed it on to fave brother-in-law John, who told me about The Bechdel Test. Do you know about it? The deal is that good movies can fail it, but it's interesting to think about. Here's the test:

1. Does the movie have at least two named women characters?
2. Do the women characters talk to one another?
3. Do the women characters talk about something other than a man?

Think about some of your fave movies and whether they fail the test. Ferris Bueller fails the test. Goonies fails the test. Avengers fails the test.

John says you can take this forward with gay characters, with characters of color, etc. Hmmmmm. Right?


mm said...

Interesting... What are movies that pass it?

KC said...

Dan's favorite movie, Wind, passes.

Sarah Gardner said...

Very interesting. Mulan fails, but Brave and Tangled pass. I have Disney on my mind since I just watched Milan last night.

LH said...

I think it's awesome that the Bechdel test is actually named after Alison Bechdel. I learned more about the Bechdel test on wikipedia after reading your fascinating blog entry.

I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

And lastly...

I adore you as well.