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:
- Are there two or more female characters with names?
- Do they talk to each other?
- 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
- Thelma & Louise (big surprise there!)
- Love Actually
Movies that do not pass:
- Blazing Saddles
- Real Genius
- When Harry Met Sally
- Princess Bride
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?