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The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies
December 8, 2009
Allison Bechdel, Bechdel Test, Dykes to Watch Out For, Feminism, Feminist Frequency, Terminator, Pirates of the Caribbean, Austin Powers, Fight Club, Slumdog Millionaire, Lord of the Rings, Bruno
The Bechdel Test is a simple way to gauge the active presence of female characters in Hollywood films and just how well rounded and complete those roles are. It was created by Allison Bechdel in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1,985. It is astonishing the number of popular movies that can't pass this simple test. It demonstrates how little women's complex and interesting lives are underrepresented or non existent in the film industry. We have jobs, creative projects, friendships and struggles among many other things that are actually interesting in our lives... so Hollywood, start writing about it!
Visit www.feministfrequency.com to see links and blog posts about the Bechdel Test