Bechdel test

I have recently discovered the Bechdel test. It is a measure of movies and how central females are in them. It measures if:

  • it has to have at least two women in it,
  • who talk to each other,
  • about something besides a man.

According to Neda Ulaby, the test still resonates because “it articulates something often missing in popular culture: not the number of women we see on screen, but the depth of their stories, and the range of their concerns.”

You can find movies that passed the test here.

I liked the measure because I am very irritated every time an important politician or other person who is female is interviewed and they mention her clothes, make-up, if she’s a mother, but never with men. I have now found out there is a test for that too, the Finkbeiner test. I mean everyone understands that the obituary here is of a woman: “X made a mean beef stroganoff, followed X’s pertner from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” It’s not that easy to understand that she was a world famous rocket scientist…

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