The Bechdel Test allows you to play a small part in giving women fairer representation on screen
So, what is it?
It’s pretty common knowledge that Hollywood is a male-dominated world. But through the Bechdel Test (pronounced beck-del) we as viewers can help to change that.
It’s basically a test which can be applied to ANY movie to evaluate whether what you’re watching is fairly representing women on screen or not.
So, how does it work?
Next time you’re sat watching a film, ask yourself the following three questions about it:
👭– Does it has to have at least two women in it?
👭 – Do those two women talk to each other?
👭 – Do they talk to each other about something besides men?
If the answer is YES to all three of those questions, then the movie passes the test.
If there’s a NO in there, then it fails.
It’s as simple as that.
So, what does this mean?
It means that you the viewer, through the small act of putting a film you’re watching through the Bechdel Test, can play a part in shaping the future of cinema.
You can be an active supporter of fairer representation of women on screen. You can highlight films that fail the test, and also championing those that pass it.
You’ll be surprised by some of the films which fail the test. And ***spoiler alert** there may be some of your favourite films in there. A bunch of some of the bigger titles to fall short of passing are in this YouTube video. So far, a whopping 7708 movies have been put through the test with a pass rate of just 57.8%!
So go on, try it out for yourself. Before you pick the next film you watch, have a look on the Bechdel test site and see if it passes the test or not. If you watch films that pass the Bechel test that sends a message to directors in Hollywood that they need to more fairly represent women in cinema!