Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bechdel Test

My friend Karen sent me a youtube video today that I encourage you to watch.
It explains the Bechdel test which considers the presence of women in movies...
or lack thereof.
Here are the rules:

1) are there 2 or more women in the movie with names?
2) do they talk to one another?
3) do they talk to one another about something other than men?

Now think back over the movies you've watched this month....which of them passed this test? Realize that this test is not saying that the movies that don't pass the test aren't good movies, just that "half the sky" is not represented in our entertainment choices...should that matter? At 51% of the population I think it does.

Years ago Karen told me that her top rule for video viewing in her home was the 10-in-10 rule: Ten die in the first 10 minutes, turn movie off. Being the only female in the household they had a few arguments regarding said rule. Her husband and sons would claim that some characters looked only maimed and might be revived at the hospital:) Do you have rules for what movies you watch or don't watch?

extra credit: name the movie that passes the Bechdel test from the photo above.


Dee said...

"The Secret Life of Bees" 2008
"Paradise Road" 1997
'Tis true, there aren't very many...

Ali said...

Fried Green Tomatoes?

Jayne said...


Vicki said...

No rules for me, anything from G to X goes, just don't like horror in general.

Bechmel test: Sex In The City. Sound of Music?

I second Ali on the Fried Green Tomatoes.