Monday, May 24, 2010

Term of the Day: The Bechdel Test

The Bechdel Test is a heuristic for determining whether a movie has any awareness of women as people. There are three criteria a movie must meet in order to pass this test:
  1. The movie must have at least two named female characters.
  2. These two female characters must talk to each other.
  3. The conversation must be about something other than a man.
Here's a video explaining the test and presenting a montage of movies that don't pass it (HT: Karawynn):

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