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The Bechdel Test - misrepresentation in mainstream media



One of the videos that cannot be shared often enough, I haven't heard of this rating system before I saw her talking about it, but I think it's an actual eye-opener (it was for me and M, we tried to come up with movies and TV shows that pass the test and in the end never wanted to watch tv again).

The Bechdel test is about representation of women in mainstream media (my favourite topic) and it asks the following questions about movies/tv shows/games:

- are there at least TWO women present? (With actual names, you know, not just to look pretty in a room)

- do they talk to each other? (you will be surprised how many women in media do not talk to other women, because real friendship only exists for men, everyone knows, duh)

- do they talk about something other than men? (because that is all we have on our minds apparently, what else is there to talk about anyway, right?)

Only if all questions can be answered with a "Yes! Definitely!" the test is considered passed.
Really not that hard, is it?
You might think so now (probably because you ARE a woman and KNOW that you talk to other woman all the time about all kinds of things seeing as we have 99 problems but a dude ain't one). Talking women with names is normal. It's everyday life.
Apparently not in movies.
Aliens, zombies, alternate universes, time travel? Sure, everything mighty possible and normal in cinemas.
Two women talking about something that does not include a man? Unthinkable!!!

I sure do watch movies and tv shows differently now.

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  1. That was a realy eye-opener. I've recently been to two movies in the cinema, Pacific Rim and Now You See Me, and after seeing this I thought 'Oh well, they probably pass the test, those were good movies' Nope, they did not pass the test. Just like you, I will watch movies and tv-shows differently now!

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    1. Same here, I still love a lot of movies who didn't pass the test, it's just a little bitter and sad to see that even in movies you thought were really good, women are frequently under-representated.

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