Just saw this interesting video discussing the Bechdal Test, which applies a set of simple rules to gauge the gender bias of a film. The rules are as follows:

  1. The film must have at least two woman in it.
  2. Who talk to each other
  3. About something other than a man

An additional qualifier could also be added to the list, requiring the woman to have named parts.

Not surprisingly, many films fail this test. The video created by Feminist Frequency applies the test to the 2012 Best Picture Academy Award nominees to see how they hold up.



  1. […] right, the guy from Police Academy and Vin Diesel have a vote. So no wonder most movies fail the bechdal test…. Share this:Like this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

  2. […] you realise what’s right in front of you. Speaking of which, I think the Avengers passes the Bechdel Test as both ScarJo and Cobie Smulders seem to tick all the boxes, although I cant remember if they talk […]

  3. […] exactly kicking ass. So Alien was ahead of its time in meeting the requirements for the Bechdel Test, before it was even […]

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