Bechdel’s Rule – Gender in Film/Movies


This is so simple and yet it is so difficult to find movies that meet the three criteria.

1. Must have more than two women in it (with names as opposed to crowd bg)
2. That talk to each other (not the men)
3. About something other than the men.

I think Bechdel’s Test could be applied to many situations outside of movies too. I mention this a lot to other people half of whom have heard of ‘The Rule’. I have trouble remembering the Bechdel part so I’m blogging it again for the record. The Rule was in a comic drawn by Alison Bechdel in 1985 in ‘Dykes to Watch out For’ and has been referenced in feminist film theory and popular culture as the Bechdel Test.


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