The Bechdel Test

The Bechdel Test was created by Alison Bechdel. Bechdel is a cartoonist who proposed the Bechdel Test in a comic, but then it was adopted as an actual film test afterwards.


To past the Bechdel Test, a movie, or other works of fiction, must have two women who talk about something other than a man. Later on, it was added that the women must be named characters. This test is a major indicator for the active presence of women in these works of fiction. With these indicators, this test calls to attention gender inequality in the movie industry. It shows that most movies have strong male figures, but that they lack strong, independent female characters that don’t talk about men.

About half of the movies that are produced pass the Bechdel Test, but recently there has been a dramatic increase in movies that have strong female characters. Movies like Moana, show that a story doesn’t have to involve a male love interest for the female character to be a good movie. Lots of movies, since the creation of this test, have been striving to show that women have more in their lives than men. Disney has been on this path to show young girls that the old view of what a girl should be when they grow up has changed.


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