The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies
Okay, the concept for this test has apparently been around for 25 years, but I just learned about it, and I thought it was too good to bury in the round-up. The Bechdel Test is a simple one. To pass it, a movie must meet these criteria:
(1) it has to have at least two women in it, who
(2) who talk to each other, about
(3) something besides a man.
This video provides a great introduction to the concept:
For your reference, http://bechdeltest.com/ lists movies with their status on the test (such as, “There are two or more women in this movie, but they only talk to each other about a man.”) Users can add to, comment on, or disagree with the status currently associated with a given film.
The comic strip that popularized the rule and a bit of backstory can be found at http://alisonbechdel.blogspot.com/2005/08/rule.html [hey, that post is from 2005, so I’m only *five* years behind there!]