Named for a comic artist, who proposed the Bechamel test, it is a tongue-in-cheek test of the role of women in a particular movie. It has three criteria which must be met in order for a movie to pass:
1. Two women must talk to each other.
2. The conversation can be about anything except men.
2. Each of the woman must have a name.
I won’t elaborate as there are many excellent sites out there to explain and comment on the test. It is an eye–opener. The sole purpose of this blog is to encourage comments on movies that pass or fail this test and to create a B+ list and a B- list. I don’t intend to post anything more, but I will post all relevant comments.
Alison Bechdel on The Bechdel Test and Swedish Cinema (comicsbeat.com)
- Exploring The Bechdel Test As a Ratings System (winterfilmawards.com)
- Can A 4-Point Checklist Really Cure Sexism In Movies? (refinery29.com)
- Tomorrow Night: Bechdel Test Burlesque at Re-bar (slog.thestranger.com)
- Swedish Cinemas Are Integrating the Bechdel Test Into Their Rating System (themarysue.com)