Inspired by Carrie‘s post, I thought I’d show you this video explaining The Bechdel Test for movies (created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who these days we can call “Vermont’s own Alison Bechdel”). I came across it recently when a friend linked to it on Facebook, watched it and didn’t think much about it til the next time I watched a movie (Stepbrothers, by the way, which is AWESOME) and damned if it didn’t fit. I guess the fact that it was kinda mindblowing to me says something, but I think most folks would be surprised. Give it a try.
It’s especially interesting to note that the Bechdel Test is not even about whether or not a movie has a feminist message, but simply the presence of women in movies at all. Watch:
On the one hand, Sex and the City passes this test with flying colors, which is likely why it seems so unique. Still, it’s quite a comment on the state of things that the sheer presence of women in movies is mistaken for feminism.