Take Action

Introduce your friends to the Bechdel Test

The Bechdel Test (http://bechdeltest.com/) is a very simple set of criteria that can be applied to every single movie to test for the presence of women characters. To pass the test, a movie has to: (1) have at least two women in it, (2) who talk to each other, and (3) about something besides a man. Even though these look like the simplest criteria ever, it is amazing how many movies fail the test. Even if movies pass the test, that doesn’t make them good or feminist, it simply means that they include at least one scene where women characters talk to each other about something other than a man!

This is an easy action to take with friends and gives everyone a handy conversation starter after a movie night!

Related Workshops

Gender Representation, Media Awareness

Goals

  1. To get people talking about media and representations of women.
  2. To see how many movies pass the bare minimum standards for women characters.
  3. To watch movies critically.
  • Action Reports