Unknown to me, the Bechdel Test was developed by Alison Bechdel in 1985 as a way of classifying movies. In order for a film to ‘Pass’ the test, it must contain 1 extremely simple thing:
1. A conversation between two or more females….that isnt about men.
Sounds ridiculous right?
But to tell you the truth, the lack of female characters is apparent in some of the worlds biggest blockbusters. In The entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy, there is not one conversation between two females!
Other popular blockbuster films that fail the test are:
- The Social Network
- Run Lola Run
- The Tree of Life
- Dear John
Is it just a coincidence that out of 2,500 movies that were tested only half passed the test?Why do we have such a strong preference for male-lead films? If films reflect the socio-cultural values of their time, than what does this imbalance say about our current position on gender equality?
Check out the original article, its eye opening: Link