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The Bechdel Test

I admit I’m one of those annoying feminists. The kind that sees gender inequality everywhere. But seriously, next time you’re watching a movie, please ask yourself these three questions (the Bechdel Test):

1. Are there two named women in the movie?

2. Do these women, at any point in the movie, talk to each other?

3. About something other than men?

I think you’ll find that many (especially American) movies don’t pass this test. Of course the quality of a movie is never determined by how many females or males are in it. But I do believe there is something really bad going on in the film industry. Everyone that says the Western world has become a gender-neutral place; try this test on the next movie you watch, and think again.