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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?