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the Bechdel test

A test that a film passes if it contains two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man. The test is named for American cartoonist Allison Bechdel, who first proposed it in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Nope, that movie doesn't pass the Bechdel test—the two women in it only talked to each other about their husbands.
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The film manages to pass the Bechdel Test, unless the sharks are male.
Educational without moralizing, and capturing kid logic without condescending, The Friendship Lie is a refreshing middle grade novel -- and is particularly great if you're looking for a book that passes the Bechdel test.
Also, Rambeau and Danvers kick the Bechdel Test so out of the park, you wonder why more women don't talk to each other in movies.
The method of judging movies is now called the Bechdel test (p.
Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series, empowering or fetishizing: Wonder Woman takes the Bechdel Test, fighting and feminist expression: the Argent family and the limits of female agency in Teen Wolf, the problematic fan-girl: Cassandra Clare's gendered revisions in the Mortal Instruments Series, and the urban fantasy classroom.
Even as the plot teeters on the brink of tragedy the film passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors.
Conducted by the talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and the tech company shift7, the study found that films that passed the Bechdel test do better too.
Conducted by the talent agency Creative Artists Agency and the tech company shift7, the study found that films that passed the Bechdel test do better, too.
4| Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls ($35) passes the Bechdel test for children's books.
Also, on April 21 and at the Director's Guide of Cyprus, Alessia Sonaglioni will introduce us to the Bechdel Test, a simple tool to measure the presence of women on screen, the results and the limits it presents at 4pm until 5pm.
The UW team's tool yields a much more nuanced analysis of gender bias in fictional works than the Bechdel Test, which only evaluates whether at least two female characters have a conversation about something other than a man.
Director James Gunn wrote on social media late last year that he increased the sequel's female roles well beyond the infamous "Bechdel test," i.e., do two or more female characters talk to each other about something other than a male character?
(And no, it hasn't escaped me that all the directors featured are men; however, the narration is provided by the dulcet tones of Meryl Streep, who basically passes the Bechdel test all by herself.)
But I was also impressed by the film's refusal to resolve the issues in the film in typical genre fashion; it celebrates female agency and authentic identity (and passes the Bechdel test, as these young women discuss more than just boys), forgiveness, and the complex factors that make us who we are; it avoids the simplistic portrayals of "good" and "evil" character that are so common in teen movies.