Bechdel Test

By: Melissa Kinnie


The Bechdel Test, sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three 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. The test was popularized by Alison Bechdel's comic Dykes to Watch Out For, in a 1985 strip called The Rule.

Sooooooooo is this possible?

Hmmmmm maybe...

Valid or Significant?

There is some validity to this test being that those who search out films to pass the Bechdel test have proven that many films fail to have two women conversing about someone other than a man. However, the bechdel test has no real significance. The test doesn't provide any ground breaking information about films and doesn't affect the lives of the people who watch the film. It is simply a fun test to get people's minds wondering about how often actresses in movies are seen talking about the male species.

There are several films that fail the Bechdel test...

These films and most of the films that fail the bechdel test fail because either the women in the films have never met and are just complete objects for the men in the films or the women in the films never have a full conversation and just share "one-liners" between each other.

Guess what? Some movies pass the Bechdel test yay!

Bring it On!!!! Shocking right! But if you think about it the ENTIRE movie is about cheerleaders winning cheerleading nationals sooooo there is no room for these cheer obsessed girls to talk about men so it passed. Moving along now...

Enough about the Bechdel Test

I have a challenge of my own

Lets call it the Friend Challenge. I would like to challenge writers of TV shows to make a show about a group of friends both male and female where all the friends DON'T date or have sex with each other at different times. Seriously.

Now I am a firm believer in the love of Cory & Topanaga, Dwyane & Whitley, Slater and Jessie and last but not least Rachel & Finn. But is it necessary for all of the characters on these shows to have dated each other at least once. When these shows ended or will end all of the "friends" will have had sex or dated each other at one point. These shows become like one big friendship orgy in the end. I understand that sex and relationships are a big part of society but sometimes can a friend just be a friend????

I guess I'll wait for a show like this to be created.

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