The Bechdel Test

I wish I could tell you which issue of Skirt I found this in, but I can’t.  I know it was recent, that’s all I can tell you.  There was a small little blurb about the Bechdel Test, a three part test to see if you should see a movie:

  1. Are there two or more female characters with names?
  2. Do they talk to each other?
  3. If they talk to each other, do they talk about something other than a man?

Some big surprises, actually.  (There’s a list of them online here, along with some additional information.)

Movies that pass:

  • The Exorcist
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Mermaids
  • Thelma & Louise (big surprise there!)
  • Love Actually

Movies that do not pass:

  • Blazing Saddles
  • Real Genius
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Princess Bride
  • Casablanca
  • Serenity

One movie that didn’t pass, according to this list, and I’m calling bullshit on:  Steel Magnolias.  Really?  The women do talk to each other about things other than men.  Don’t they?

2 responses to “The Bechdel Test

  1. Steel Magnolias is about generally everything BUT men. “Da mens” (as my Belize dahlin sistah gurl calls them) are merely an accent in that movie.Whoever decided it doesn’t “qualify” should be fired.

    • delightfuleccentric

      Well, they DO discuss Drum and Shelby’s husband, as well as the bartender Anell married. But they discuss life, and “sista-hood,” and the movie is SOOOOO not about men and their relationships with them. At All. The whole freaking premise is that women are so much stronger than men! This movie definitely belongs on the “pass” list!