The Bechdel Test

Here on Ex Patriarchy all of my reviews of any kind of media will also be put through the Bechdel Test.

What is the Bechdel Test?

The Bechdel Test was created by Alison Bechdel, who credited the idea to her friend Liz Wallace. This test has become a feminist staple in checking if there is female representation in a movie or other fictional media. A lot of media, and over half of all movies, fail the Bechdel test. Sometimes even our day-to-day lives don’t pass the Bechdel Test if we’re being honest.

How do you pass the Bechdel Test?

The Bechdel Test has three requirements.

1. The media must have two named females in it …

Though most movies and fictional works have two females, not all of them are named. This is probably the easiest step to pass.

2. … who talk to each other …

The next step is to see if any of the two named females talk to each other. Easy, right?

3. … about something besides a man.

And here’s the most difficult step. In many forms of media, this is where they fail the Bechdel test. So many conversations in media and in real life revolve around a man, be it a boss or love interest or anyone else. Do they talk about anything other than a man? Children? Movies? Coffee?

The Bechdel Test reviews and list

A great site to just glance at if you want to know if a movie passes the Bechdel Test is the Bechdel Test website. However, I’m going to be constantly updating this page with my own reviews movies, books, and other media, all of which will be put through the Bechdel Test. Suggestions are absolutely welcome!

Wonder Woman (2017 movie) – Coming soon!