• Life,  Writing

    The Bechdel Test

    by I’m not sure how well known it is, but there’s this thing called the Bechdel test. It’s more or less a pass/fail test of gender bias. You can find plenty of detail with a quick keyword search (I like the Wikipedia article, actually), but it runs basically like this: Does the movie/story/play have: At least two women in it? Who talk to each other? About something besides a man? If you can answer all three of these with a yes, then the work in question passes the test. Interesting, no? I have no intention of arguing the merits of the test (or any of the tests derived from it)…